Definitions and terms

Convincing evidence indicates there are data strong enough to support a causal relationship between the exposure and the risk of a particular cancer. There is enough evidence to justify recommendations designed to reduce the risk of cancer. It is unlikely that this will change in the future as new evidence accumulates.

Probable evidence indicates there are data strong enough to support a probable causal relationship between the exposure and the risk of a particular cancer. There is enough evidence to generally justify recommendations designed to reduce the risk of cancer.

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is Australia's peak body for supporting health and medical research and for developing health advice for the Australian community, health professionals and governments. The NHMRC's guidelines for alcohol consumption are based on the most current and best available scientific research and evidence to help Australians reduce their risk of harm from alcohol. To visit the NHMRC website, click here