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Heavy Beer Drinkers at Higher Risk of Cancer

By on October 29, 2011

Men who drink more alcohol are at increased risk of stomach cancer!

More than a half million adult men of European descent were studied but its likely the findings are applicable to men across racial lines. The study found that men who consume more than four alcoholic drinks in a day may have a heightened risk of stomach cancer.

At the start of the study, 10,000-plus men said they averaged more than four drinks per day. And their odds of developing stomach cancer over the next decade were twice those of light drinkers (who had the equivalent of about half a drink per day or less). When the researchers looked more closely at the type of alcohol people consumed, they found that beer, in particular — as opposed to wine or liquor — seemed to be connected to stomach cancer risk.

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has the full details of study and researchers want to make clear the results do not prove that alcohol itself leads to stomach cancer in some men. Of nearly 13,000 men and women who were heavy drinkers when they entered the study, just 33 developed stomach cancer over the follow-up period. Still, experts already recommend that people who drink do so only in moderation. That generally means no more than two drinks per day for men, and no more than one for women. Heavy drinking is linked to cancers of the mouth and throat, as well as other serious conditions like scarring of the liver.

Stomach cancer is still relatively uncommon in the U.S. and otherWestern countries. About 21,500 Americans will be diagnosed with stomach cancer this year, according to the American Cancer Society. Drink responsibly.

One Comment

  1. Staff Contributor

    October 29, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    I wonder what this is going to mean for beer and wine manufacturers in the USA and around the world?

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