Sat 14 January 2023:
No amount of alcohol is safe for consumption, according to the World Health Organization. Seven different cancers are brought on by alcohol, according to a recent WHO statement published in The Lancet Public Health magazine. Therefore, alcohol’s cancer-causing effects can begin at any threshold. Any amount of alcohol a person drinks puts them at risk for cancer.
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“Alcohol consumption is associated with 7,40,000 new cancer cases each year globally. In European Union, light to moderate alcohol consumption (<20 g of pure alcohol per day, which is equivalent to consumption of approximately <1.5L of wine (12% alcohol by volume; ABV), <3.5L of beer (5% ABV), or <450 mL of spirits (40% ABV) per week) was associated with almost 23,000 new cancer cases in 2017, accounting for 13.3% of all alcohol-attributable cancers and for 2.3% of all cases of the seven alcohol-related cancer types,” WHO said in a statement published in The Lancet Public Health.
According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, alcohol with asbestos, radiation, and tobacco are high-risk Group 1 carcinogens that contribute the most to cancer globally.
Alcohol causes seven kinds of cancer. Out of these, the most prominent ones are bowel cancer and female breast cancer. Moreover, alcohol directly connects to the oesophagus, liver, and colorectal cancers.
Any beverage that contains alcohol, despite the price, amount or quality, has a risk of causing cancer. Compounds break down in the body through multiple biological mechanisms during which alcohol can produce cancerous cells.
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According to WHO, no studies prove the potential benefits of alcohol on cardiovascular diseases or type 2 diabetes. However, research says that people who drink ‘booze’ are more prone to cardiovascular diseases. Among alcohol consumers, the underprivileged strata of the global population are under more threat due to the quality of alcohol available.
In Europe, where cancer is the leading cause of death, light to medium intake of alcohol has led to 23,000 new cases in 2017. Among them, approximately 50 per cent were cases of female breast cancer. Nevertheless, Europe has the highest alcohol consumption level. Over 200 million people are at risk of having cancer caused by alcohol.
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