August 21, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) - A study of nearly 1.3 million middle-aged
British women offers more evidence that moderate alcohol
consumption increases the risk of some cancers.
A quarter of the women in the study reported no alcohol use.
Nearly all the rest reported fewer than three drinks a day; the
average was one drink a day. Researchers compared the lightest
drinkers -- two or fewer drinks a week -- with people who drank
University of Oxford researchers say each extra drink per day
increased the risk of breast, rectal and liver cancer. The type of
alcohol -- wine, beer or liquor -- didn't matter.
For an individual woman, the overall alcohol risk is small. The
study found that in developed countries, about 118 of every 1,000
women develop any of these cancers, and each extra daily drink
added 11 breast cancers and four of the other types to that rate.
The study appears in the Journal of the National Cancer
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