We all know how much people love drinking and getting smashed but a New Zealand university research group is convinced with what they call "strong evidence that alcohol causes cancer at seven sites in the body."

A new study by a research group from Otago University has conclusively linked alcohol consumption to a high rick of cancer.

Researcher Jennie Connor reviewed over a decade's worth of studies by the World Cancer Research Fund, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the World Health Organisation’s cancer body and other organisations.

Published in the scientific journal, Addiction, the study concludes that there is more than just a statistical connection between alcohol consumption and cancer risk.

Although the knowledge required for the precise understanding of the biological mechanisms are incomplete, epidemiological evidence deems alcohol as a probable cause for increasing risk of cancer of the oropharynx, larynx, oesophagus, liver, colon, rectum and breast.

Reducing your alcohol intake will subsequently reduce the risk of cancer.

A previous study by Prof. Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer for England, played a key role in reducing the government stipulated alcohol consumption limits to decrease cancer risk. The limit was put at 21 to 14 units of alcohol - or seven pints of beer - a week.  Women were expressly warned to not cross the limit.

Those who smoke and drink exponentially increase the risk of heart and liver disease, strokes and pancreatitis, and not to mention, the risk of throat and mouth cancer.

Damn! Here I was thinking it's increasing life expectancy.