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Globe and Mail: New Study Links Booze, Cancer
August 5, 2009, 11:29 am
Filed under: News

Heavier drinkers have highest risk, wide-ranging research finds

André Picard
Wednesday, Aug. 05, 2009 04:00AM EDT
 
People who consume, on average, more than one alcoholic drink daily face a significantly higher risk of developing six types of cancer, according to sobering new Canadian research.

The study, published in Tuesday’s edition of the medical journal Cancer Detection and Prevention, is one of the most detailed examinations of the relationship between drinking and cancer ever done. It found that moderate and heavy drinkers of beer and spirits are markedly more likely to develop cancer than teetotallers or occasional drinkers.

“The heaviest drinkers had the highest risk, whether you look at the quantity consumed or the duration of drinking,” Andrea Benedetti, an assistant professor in the department of epidemiology, biostatistics and occupational health at McGill University in Montreal, said in an interview. “And the risk was really driven by beer and spirits.”

Wine drinkers seem to have a slightly lower cancer risk, although Dr. Benedetti cautioned that the numbers are not solid enough to draw conclusions. “The wine part is tantalizing but a bit exploratory,” she said.

 Read further at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/new-study-links-booze-cancer/article1240226/

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