Alcohol consumption in the UK has soared under Labour's increasingly liberal approach.
It is a stark contrast to Europe, where drinking levels have been falling consistently for 25 years.
Premature mortality from cancer (62.9 per 100,000 women under 65) is higher than the EU average, and on a par with the former Soviet republic of Estonia.
Experts say the failings on cancer are down to the fact that patients and GPs are still failing to spot the signs quickly enough.
After remaining steady for 20 years at around ten litres of pure alcohol per person per year, the UK figure began to rise in 1998, reaching 11.4 litres in 2003.