Study Reveals Link between Cancer and Consumption of Alcohol


In a research carried out in Japan, even moderate to light consumption of alcohol is related to increased risk of cancer. The study also revealed that overall the lowest risk of cancer prevailed with absolutely no consumption of alcohol. CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal released by the American Cancer Society, has published the study.


Zero Consumption of Alcohol Suggested Least Chances of Occurrence of Cancer


Meanwhile, few studies establish connection between limited consumption of alcohol and the occurrence of certain types of cancer. Furthermore, studies suggest that even moderate to light consumption of alcohol could determine the prevalence of some specific types of cancer. To establish this, a team of researchers joined hands from various parts of the world.


Masayoshi Zaitsu is an MD, PhD from the renowned University of Japan and also from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He along with his colleagues studied information between 2005 to 2016 gathered form 33 general hospitals spread all over Japan. The research team made a thorough analysis of the clinical data of 63,232 cancer patients. It also took into account admission date in hospital, sex, the name of the hospital and age for the purpose of this thorough analysis.


All the participants clearly described their daily intake of standardized units of alcohol along with the duration of drinking. One standard drink came with 23 grams of ethanol, which is equal to one eighty-milliliter cup of or 6 ounces of Japanese sake, one sixty-milliliter cup of whiskey or one 500 milliliter bottle of beer.

However, the overall risk of cancer risk seemed to be the lowest when the consumption of alcohol was nil. There existed almost a linear association between consumption of alcohol and risk of occurrence of cancer.

This increased risk of cancer seemed to be supported by the alcohol-related risk of cancer across comparative common sites. These common sites are esophagus, prostate, breast, stomach, and colorectum.

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