Just one alcoholic drink a day may increase the risk of cancer, according to a new study, which estimates that light drinking is responsible for 34,000 deaths a year worldwide.
New research based on more than 150,000 men and women shows that
light drinking increases the likelihood of cancer of the mouth, pharynx,
oesophagus and breast. One drink a day increased the risk of
cancer of the oesophagus by almost a third, according to the study being
reported in the Annals of Oncology, which analysed data from more than
200 research projects. Low alcohol intake increased the risk of oral
cavity and pharynx cancer by 17 per cent, and breast cancer in women by 5
"Alcohol increases the risk of cancer even at low
doses," say the researchers. "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."
When it comes to enjoying your
favourite drink and looking after your health, advice has often been
complicated. Evidence suggests that drinking in moderation may decrease
the risk of heart disease, type-2 diabetes and dementia, leading many to
believe a glass of wine a day is good for you.
Source - Independent