Cancer Prevention Tips: Limit alcoholic drinks

Posted on: 11 Jan 2016

If consumed at all, limit alcoholic drinks to 2 for men and 1 for women a day. In Ireland a standard drink has about 10 grams of pure alcohol in it.

Here are some examples of a standard drink.

•          A pub measure of spirits (35.5ml)

•          A small glass of wine (100ml)

•          A half pint of normal beer

•          An alcopop (275ml bottle)

A bottle of wine at 12.5% alcohol contains about seven standard drinks. While red wine contains resveratrol which may have anticancer properties, clinical trials in humans have not provided evidence that resveratrol is effective in preventing or treating cancer. Few epidemiologic studies have looked specifically at the association between red wine consumption and cancer risk in humans.

The International Agency for Research into Cancer has classified alcohol as a Group 1 carcinogen. IARC's rulings are the gold standard in terms of determining if something causes cancer, and Group 1 is their highest risk category. It means that there is convincing evidence that alcohol causes cancer in humans. For 2010, alcohol-attributable cancers were estimated to be responsible for 337,400 deaths worldwide, predominantly among men, with liver cancer accounting for the largest proportion of deaths.

So by cutting down on what you drink, you could reduce the risk of these cancers. There is no safe level of alcohol when it comes to cancer. The less alcohol you drink, the lower the risk of cancer as the risk of alcohol-related cancers increases the more you drink.  No type of alcohol is better or worse than another, it is the alcohol itself that leads to the damage

Click here to find out how limiting your consumpton of salty foods and foods processed with salt can affect you risk of cancer.

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