In a new study this week, researchers in Japan have found a link between lifetime drinking to an increased risk of cancer-only the latest bit of research to suggest that even light drinking over a lifetime can be bad for us.
A study in the United Kingdom earlier this year, for instance, found that just 20 per cent of women getting screened or treated for breast cancer knew that drinking alcohol was a risk factor for breast cancer. "Given the current burden of overall cancer incidence, we should further encourage promoting public education about alcohol-related cancer risk", Zaitsu mentioned. It found that the overall cancer risk appeared to be the lowest at zero alcohol consumption. Using this data, the study's authors compared roughly 63,000 adult patients diagnosed with cancer to the same number of patients without cancer of similar age, sex, and hospital admission date, a type of study known as a case-control.
All participants reported their average daily amount of standardised alcohol units and the duration of drinking. Defining a drink as one six-ounce cup of Japanese sake, one 17-ounce bottle or can of beer, one six-ounce glass of wine or one two-ounce glass of whiskey.
Within the examine printed within the journal Most cancers, the general most cancers danger gave the impression to be the bottom at zero alcohol consumption.
Those that drank two or fewer drinks a day had an elevated most cancers danger no matter how lengthy they'd consumed alcohol.
Compared with non-drinkers, the risk for colon and liver cancer was 30% higher among drinkers, and the risk for stomach and breast cancer was more than 20% higher.
The examination found that present and previous consumers were multiple occasions as likely than non-consumers to create esophageal malignancy and more than twice as prone to create disease of the larynx.
The authors say certain limitations of the study should be noted. This means the findings may not be generalizable to other populations.
Malignancy is the main source of death in the Asian country, Zaitsu said.
However, "drinking too much over long periods of time might be risky. We enjoy drinking, but we need to think about it", he concludes.