The drink that’s linked to seven different types of disease 9



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A new study has warned that drinking alcohol can cause up to seven different kinds of cancer.

Even if you don’t drink heavily, researchers say you remain at risk of developing the disease, which puts to bed the idea that the glass of wine with dinner you’ve been having might not be good for you.

The research suggests that alcohol can cause cancer of the mouth and throat, larynx, oesophagus, live, colon, bowel and breast, but that’s not all… There are other forms of cancer it can cause too.

Even though there really isn’t a ‘safe limit’ for drinking alcohol, it’s thought that up to 90 per cent of those who do imbibe occasionally are unaware of its risk.

According to professor Jennie Connor from the Department of Preventative and Social Medicine at Otago Medical School in New Zealand, alcohol is estimated to have caused up to 500,000 deaths since 2012 — approximately one in 20 or 5.8 per cent of all cancer deaths in that time.

“There is strong evidence that alcohol causes cancer at seven sites, and probably others,” professor Connor says.

The research has also found that men should limit their alcohol consumption to no more than 14 units a week, which is the equivalent of around seven pints of medium strength beer or just over nine 125ml glasses of medium strength wine.

Women who drink at least two units a day on a regular basis are at least 16 per cent more likely of developing breast cancer and dying from it, according to the research.

The research also found that if you both smoke and drink then your risk of developing throat and mouth cancer is increased when compared to those who either just drink or just smoke.

It was recently revealed that the over-60s are the demographic most likely to indulge in a cheeky glass or two of alcohol on a daily basis, despite warnings not to.

Are you concerned by this information? How often are you indulging in an alcoholic beverage

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  1. I don’t drink any alcohol, used to when younger but then realized it had taken over society.
    I still have lots of fun joining in with my tipsy mates but no hangover in the morning!
    Alcohol is a huge problem in our society.
    Yes some only have a social drink, but I know lots who drink every day and it’s become accepted to do so.
    The risks for disease are too big to take. Yes there is life after alcohol!
    I go to clubs, dine out, dance have fun , and enjoy sparkling water in my fancy glass.

  2. The over sixties drink more because this was the way of their upbringing and lifestyle the younger generations are more into illegal drugs which only support the criminal element with no tax revenue for the government and much more dire effects to the user and society further down the track as statistics will start to show in the years to come and it will probably be more devastating than alcohol

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  3. I wonder how well the research was conducted? Were the diet and activity levels of those who developed cancer considered as well, plus where the alcohol was sourced? Many rural Italians, who drink a little home made wine daily with their meal, have lived to a ripe old age. They are usually active into old age, socially connected and have diets with a predominance of seasonal produce (high in vegetable content). Those who have emigrated and whose diet is influenced by what is available where they now live would skew the results. The other issue is that in making their own wine in these traditional Italian, rural societies, additives were not added in the process (sulphites and other preservatives could also muddy the research results).

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    • You are right, Rhonda. The Mediterranean diet is supposed to be one of the best in the world for heart health. Probably walking up and down those hilly streets helps to keep Italians fit, as well. 🙂

    • I agree with the above and I was told by my doctor that two units of alcohol per day, with two alcohol free days per week, is responsible drinking for women. I am 73 and only started drinking about 6 years ago.

  4. I’ve been drinking Bundy rum daily for over 40 yr’s, and still here . Maybe I’m preserved.

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