Drinking Alcohol

DRINKING alcohol increases your risk of 11 different cancers, according to a study - more than previously thought.

When alcohol is broken down, chemicals can bind to DNA, resulting in mutations which could become cancerous, according to the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF).

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It can also increase the levels of the hormones linked to the development of some types of breast cancer.

WCRF funded the study, led by Imperial College London, that looked at data from 860 reviews of published studies.

It concluded that alcohol consumption is tied to cancers of at 11 sites - the head and neck, oesophagus, stomach, bowel, liver, gallbladder, lungs, skin, kidney, bladder and breast.

The study, published in Nature Communications, also found drinking coffee could lower risk of developing liver cancer and basal cell carcinoma of the skin.

This is thought to be because coffee has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Dr Giota Mitrou, Director of Research and Innovation, WCRF said: “This umbrella review confirms the evidence we have for alcohol and coffee in relation to cancer. 

“As always, we continue to encourage limiting alcohol intake as part of our Cancer Prevention Recommendations which include being a healthy weight, being physically active and enjoying a diet rich in wholegrains, vegetables, fruit and pulses.”

Drinking too much is not only linked to cancer, but heart disease, stroke, and pancreatitis.

And that’s before considering the impact on someone's life, such as losing their job or falling out with family.

Nation of drinkers

According to NHS Digital, 65 per cent of men and 50 per cent of women in the UK had drunk alcohol in the last week. 

Most commonly, men and women in mid-age between 55 and 64 are drinking more than they should.

Rich people are the more likely to be going over their recommended limit compared to those in the most deprived areas (17 per cent of women and 36 per cent of men).

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