Drinking a bottle of wine per week increases the risk of cancer at a similar rate as smoking 5-10 cigarettes per week. Depending on your gender, a new study has been found.
For women drinking a bottle of wine a week, the risk of cancer increases to the same extent as smoking 10 cigarettes a week. The increase is mainly due to an increased risk of breast cancer caused by drinking, according to the study published Thursday in the journal BMC Public Health.
And for men, a bottle of wine a week increases the risk of cancer equivalent to smoking five cigarettes. This increase is due to the risk of cancer in parts of the body such as bowel, liver and esophagus.
The study, conducted by a team of researchers from the University Hospital of Southampton National Health Service Foundation Trust, the University of Southampton and Bangor University, is the first to estimate the "cigarette equivalent" of the alcohol in terms of cancer risk.
In the first study of its kind, researchers compared the known dangers of smoking to drinking excess amounts of wine.
"It is well established that heavy drinkers are associated with cancers of the mouth, throat, voice box, esophagus, intestine, liver and breast", lead author author Dr. Theresa Hydes, Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust said in a statement.
"But unlike smoking it is not publicly understood. We hope that using cigarettes as a comparator could communicate this message more effectively to help individuals make more informed lifestyle choices," she said.
But a spokeswoman from the Alcohol Partnership, which is primarily funded by the beverage industry, condemned the study as "inappropriate and confusing at a time when the public is bombarded by conflicting warnings of risk."
"Drinking is not the same as smoking, nor does it carry the same health risks," said a spokesman for Diageo, who said Guinness, Smirnoff and Johnnie Walker said. "To make this comparison is misleading and will confuse people who want to suffer alcohol in moderation."
Obviously, too much alcohol, and smoking for excess is not good for the human body.
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