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The Latest Research Proven Drinking 5 Small Glasses Of Wine A Week Has The Same Cancer Risk As Smoking

Do you drink one small glass of wine a day?

Or maybe you have one day off a week?

You know cigarettes increase your risk of cancer. But, how about a glass of wine each night? Isn’t that supposed to be good for you?

Unfortunately, while moderate drinking is considerably less dangerous than heavy drinking, it is certainly not without any risks, particularly for women. The cancer risk associated with alcohol is worse for women because for moderate levels of consumption. For example, one bottle of wine per week, the alcohol-associated cancer risk is higher for breast cancer than other cancers related to drinking.[1]

Drinking alcohol increases the risk of at least 7 cancers (breast, bowel, liver, mouth, throat, oesophageal and laryngeal)[2]

The new research published in BMC Public Health shows that drinking a bottle of wine a week (approximately 5 150ml glasses), increases the lifetime risk of cancer as smoking 5 to 10 cigarettes per week.[3]

If women drink one bottle of wine per week, it increases their lifetime cancer risk to 1.4% for non-smokers. The increased lifetime cancer risk, especially the risk of breast cancer, for drinking one bottle of wine per week for women is equivalent to 10 cigarettes per week.

For men, drinking one bottle of wine increases their lifetime cancer risk to 1% for non-smokers. The absolute lifetime cancer risk, especially the risk of bowel, liver and oesophagus cancer, for drinking one bottle of wine per week for men is equivalent to 5 cigarettes per week.

Dr Theresa Hydes of the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust said "It is well established that heavy drinking is linked to cancer of the mouth, throat, voice box, gullet, bowel, liver and breast”.[4]

“Yet, in contrast to smoking, this is not widely understood by the public. We hope that by using cigarettes as the comparator we could communicate this message more effectively to help individuals make more informed lifestyle choices."

"We must be absolutely clear that this study is not saying that drinking alcohol in moderation is in any way equivalent to smoking. Our finds relate to lifetime risk across the population.” She added.

"At an individual level, cancer risk represented by drinking or smoking will vary and, for many individuals, the impact of 10 units of alcohol (one bottle of wine) or five to 10 cigarettes may be very different."

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