Drinking alcohol regularly increases the risk of cancer

Drinking alcohol regularly increases the risk of cancer

British health officials say drinking alcohol regularly increases the risk of cancer. And they’ve issued tough new guidelines that could prove hard to swallow in a nation where having a pint is a hallowed tradition. Britain’s chief medical officer says in recommendations published Friday that men and women should not drink more than 14 units of alcohol – about six pints of beer or four large glasses of wine – per week, and consuming below that amount still carries a low risk of liver disease or cancer.

Alcohol is a known carcinogen. In the United States, experts estimate about 3.5 percent of all cancer deaths are alcohol-related. People who have more than about four drinks daily run up to triple the risk of contracting cancers of the head and neck than non-drinkers. For women, experts recommended no more than 14 units a week Read More

Not even Red Wine, which has famously been hailed as healthy drink.

The last official guidelines on drinking were published in 1995 and much has changed since then. Numerous studies have shown that alcohol is linked to cancer, with even low or moderate levels raising the risk of seven types of cancer, including breast, mouth and bowel cancer. While the absolute risks may be small, the general agreement is that there is no longer a “safe” drinking limit for alcohol. But, taking account of the fact that many people do enjoy a drink, the UK’s chief medical officers have said that the risk of disease can remain “low” if people drink 14 or less units per week.

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