Alcohol raises cancer risk with just one daily drink

Alcohol raises cancer risk with just one daily drink

The illusion that light drinking is somehow healthy (fostered by the booze companies of course) is slowly being eroded away by the constant research showing every drink of alcohol is cancerous.

What did the University of Milan research find?

  • Light drinking – at a rate of one drink daily – raises your oesophagus cancer risk by 30%, your mouth cancer and pharynx cancer by 17%, and your breast cancer risk by 5%
  • Light drinking is now estimated to be responsible for 34,000 deaths a year worldwide
  • 2.2 million deaths directly linked to alcohol
  • 3.6% of all cancers are attributable to alcohol 

Study by the University of Milan, analysing data from more than 200 research projects as published in the Annals of Oncology, 2012.  Data on 92,000 light drinkers and 60,000 non-drinkers was used to calculate the overall cancer risk.  The researchers stated that “Alcohol increases the risk of cancer even at low doses.  Given the high proportion of light drinkers in the population, and the high prevalence of these tumours, especially of breast cancer, even small increases in cancer risk are of great public health relevance”.

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As reported by Business Standard and Trust of India on August 26, 2012.

Posted: Monday 27 August 2012