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A bottle of wine a week increases the risk of cancer …




A new study suggests drinking a bottle of wine a week increases the risk of developing cancer.
                     

It's the equivalent of smoking about 10 cigarettes a week for women and five for men, according to the study by BMC Public Health.
                                  

From the study:
                     

One bottle of wine per week is associated with increased absolute lifetime cancer risk for non-smokers or 1

.0% (men) and 1.4% (women). The overall absolute increase in cancer risk for one bottle of wine per week equals that of five (men) or at cigarettes per week (women). Gender differences result from levels of moderate drinking leading to a 0.8% absolute risk of breast cancer in non-smokers.

Conclusions
                     

One bottle of wine per week is associated with increased absolute risk of alcohol-related cancers in women, which is equivalent to the increased absolute cancer risk associated with cigarettes per week. These findings can help communicate that moderate levels of drinking are an important public health risk for women. The risks for men, equivalent to five cigarettes per week, are also of note.
                     

This study was done by UK researchers, who consider a moderate level or drinking for men and women is 14 units or alcohol. That's about six pints of beer, seven glasses of wine or 14 shots of liquor.
                     

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