Wine, beer and spirits equally bad for breast cancer

WOMEN who drink wine as a healthier alternative to beer are mistaken, researchers warned yesterday, with all alcohol adding equally to the risk of developing breast cancer.

Previous studies have shown a link between consuming alcohol and developing the disease but there have been conflicting messages about whether different kinds of drink were more dangerous than others. The latest research has found that all forms of alcohol carry an equal risk.

"This is a hugely underestimated risk factor," said Dr Patrick Maisonneuve, the head of epidemiology at the European Institute of Oncology in Italy.

"Women drinking wine because they think it is healthier than beer are wrong. It's about the amount of alcohol consumed, not the type."

Source - Scotsman

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