Alcohol consumption causes at least 7 forms of cancer

A recent study should serve as a dire warning to alcohol drinkers. Done by the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at the University of Otago in New Zealand, the study concluded that alcohol causes at least seven forms of cancer.

According to the review and summary of epidemiological and biological research for the past 10 years on alcohol, a strong evidence exists that alcohol causes cancer in at least seven sites of the body namely the oropharynx, larynx, esophagus,liver, colon, rectum, and breast.

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Principal author Jennie Connor said that alcohol may also cause skin, prostate and pancreatic cancer.

Though Connor said that that the drinker's risk is relative to the amount of alcohol consumed, she said that "the highest risks are associated with the heaviest drinking but a considerable burden is experienced by drinkers with low to moderate consumption, dut to the distribution of drinking in the population."

It is estimated that alcohol-attributable cancers at the seven sites account for 5.8% of all cancer deaths worldwide.

Since there is now strong evidence that alcohol causes cancer in several parts of the body, everyone should think twice before reaching for that glass of wine or pint of beer.

Remember that even low to moderate drinkers are at risk. Thus even "social drinking" may also increase one's risk of having cancer.

With these findings, shouldn't alcoholic drinks now carry a warning just like cigarettes?
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