Smoking is even more dangerous when combined with excessive alcohol use.

Heavy drinkers who smoke are much more likely to develop oral cancers, liver cirrhosis, pancreatitis and other serious medical conditions.

Alcoholics who smoke face:

  • Ten times greater risk of pancreatitis than in alcoholics who do not smoke.
  • Three times greater risk of liver cirrhosis than in alcoholics who do not smoke.
  • Thirty-eight times greater risk of developing mouth and throat cancer than non-smoking non-drinkers.
  • Tobacco-related illnesses are the leading cause of death for alcoholics.


BSAS REV. Tobacco Guidelines, Health Impact. June2002.