Cheers! Now they tell us beer and wine give us cancer

Just one pint of beer a day increases the risk of liver and bowel cancer by a fifth, drinkers have been warned.

A large glass of wine or a double measure of vodka or gin can have the same damaging effect and zero alcohol is the safest way to avoid cancer, say scientists.

Figures from the World Cancer Research Fund show two units of alcohol a day increases the risk of bowel cancer by 18 per cent and liver cancer by 20 per cent. The assessment comes from detailed analysis of data first presented in a report last year which also concluded that processed meats including ham and bacon should be avoided to cut the risk of bowel cancer.

Dr Rachel Thompson, from the WCRF, said: ‘When you consider how many cases of these types of cancer are diagnosed in the UK every year, it is clear that drinking even relatively small amounts of alcohol can make a significant difference. Yet despite strong evidence, most people still do not know that alcohol increases risk of cancer so it is clear we need to do more to get this message across.’

Source - Daily Mail

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