New study finds that alcohol is giving us cancer
A new study, published in the scientific journal, Addiction, has said that alcohol is a direct cause of seven forms of cancer.
The researchers have also been adamant to highlight that even people consuming low to moderate amounts of alcohol are at risk.
The findings have been compounded with almost 10 years of scientific data and implicates alcohol in the development of breast, colon, liver, pancreatic and other types of cancer.
Jennie Connor, of the preventive and social medicine department at Otago University in New Zealand, said:
“There is strong evidence that alcohol causes cancer at seven sites in the body and probably others. Current estimates suggest that alcohol-attributable cancers at these sites make up 5.8% of all cancer deaths worldwide.
The highest risks are associated with the heaviest drinking but a considerable burden is experienced by drinkers with low to moderate consumption, due to the distribution of drinking in the population.”
Speaking to The Guardian, Dr Jana Witt, heath information officer with Cancer Research UK said
“We know that 9 in 10 people aren’t aware of the link between alcohol and cancer. And this review is a stark reminder that there’s strong evidence linking the two.”
Dr Witt, offered some helpful advice to people in terms of cutting down on alcohol consumption
“Having some alcohol-free days each week is a good way to cut down on the amount you’re drinking. Also, try swapping ever other alcoholic drink for a soft drink, choosing smaller servings or less alcoholic versions of drinks, and not keeping a stock of booze at home.”
The research further states that people who smoke and drink are at an even higher risk of cancer. However, it is never too late, as there is evidence to suggest that drinkers who gave up alcohol could reverse their risk of laryngeal, pharyngeal, and liver cancer.
The recommended levels of alcoholic intake say that both men and women should drink no more than 14 units of alcohol per week. Contrary to popular belief, a unit is, in fact one-third of a pint of beer.
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