by: safefood nutrition team
Results from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition Study (EPIC) published today found that about 10% of total cancer in men and 3% in women could be attributed to current and former alcohol consumption. For cancers that are directly related to alcohol intake - oral cavity, pharynx, larynx oesophagus, liver, colorectal, and female breast cancer – alcohol above the recommendations (one and two drinks per day for women and men respectively) was accountable for 32% cancers in men and 5% cancers in women. The study has involved 109,118 men and 254,870 women across 8 countries (France, Italy, Spain, UK, the Netherlands, Greece, Germany, Denmark) since the 1990s. Read the paper on the BMJ website.
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Consumers are advised to follow the current alcohol recommendation: ROI - http://www.drinkaware.ie; NI- http://www.drugsalcohol.info/
08 April 2011