Everything has a limit; when things go beyond that, it becomes dangerous. But that’s not the case about alcohol consumption. According to a new study, even small amounts of alcohol may raise the risk of cancer. The clinical trial included more than 63,000 patients of cancer from Japan. Researchers have matched a group of patients with the same number of healthy people. Even more, they have considered various aspects like diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes. The study, published in the journal Cancer, reveals a surprising relationship between alcohol consumption and the overall risk of cancer.
Masayoshi Zaitsu, MD, Ph.D., from the University of Tokyo, has participated in the trial. Besides, it also includes the contribution of other researchers from the Harward T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The team has analyzed data from the years 2005-2016, including records from 33 general hospitals, all over Japan. As a part of the trial, scientists had set a standard amount of ethanol, i.e., 23 gms, to be consumed by the participants. The standardized drink – equated one 500 ml bottle of beer, one 180 ml cup of Japanese sake, a 60 ml cup of whiskey, or one 180-ml cup of wine.
As per the trial, consuming the correspondent of 6 ounces of wine, 2 ounces of whiskey, or 17 ounces of beer every day for up to ten years raises the overall risk of cancer by 5%. Whereas, equated to non-drinkers, people who two drinks per day for four decades had around 54% greater risk of cancer. Notably, the relationship between drinking and cancer had remained powerful for cancer of the mouth, stomach, throat, and colon. Notably, those who had two or less drinks every day also had an increased risk of cancer, nonetheless of how long they had a drink. Dr. Masayoshi noted in Japan, the primary reason for death is cancer, and it’s essential to raise awareness regarding the alcohol-related cancer risk.