Even one drink a day may increase cancer risk

Henrietta Strickland
December 10, 2019

Japanese researchers believe more public education is needed around the issue of alcohol consumption and cancer, following results of a study showing a link between light to moderate drinking and risk of several cancers. Of the total participants, 63,232 had cancer and 63,232 people did not.

The group examined clinical data on 63,232 patients with cancer and 63,232 controls matched for sex, age, hospital admission date, and admitting hospital.

The team then worked out how much alcohol the participants drank across their lifetimes, based on the average amount they consumed per day and the number of years they had been drinking.

In the study, one standardized drink was equivalent to one 180-milliliter cup (6 ounces) of Japanese sake, one 500-milliliter bottle (17 ounces) of beer, one 180-milliliter glass (6 ounces) of wine, or one 60-milliliter cup (2 ounces) of whisky.

To examine the issue in Japan, Masayoshi Zaitsu, MD, Ph.D., of The University of Tokyo & the Harvard Chan School of Public Health, also his colleagues examined 2005-2016 information from 33 common hospitals all through Japan. After two drinks a day for 40 years, the relative risk of having any cancer increased by 54 percent compared with a nondrinker.

Overall cancer risk appeared to be the lowest at zero alcohol consumption, and there was an nearly linear association between cancer risk and alcohol consumption. The raised risk had all the earmarks of being clarified by liquor related disease chance crosswise over generally basic destinations, including the colorectum, prostate, stomach, breast and throat. Likewise, investigations classified by drinking/smoking practices and word related class generally demonstrated similar examples. As well as cancer, drinking alcohol is linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, liver disease, digestive problems, and dependence.

In the US, excessive drinking is responsible for one in 10 deaths among adults aged 20 to 64, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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