Your drinking Facts and statistics Alcohol and Breast Cancer Breast cancer is by far the most prevalent and one of the most lethal cancers for women in the UK. It affects around 1 in 8 women in the UK during their lifetime, and was diagnosed in nearly 50,000 women in 2011 and caused the death of over 11,000 in 2012. However, not everyone shares the same level of risk. Some lifestyle choices can have a substantial impact on the risk of developing breast cancer - in particular, alcohol, which is responsible for at least 6% of the 50,000 diagnoses from 2011. Find out more here.