Wine Could be a Cancer Risk…

Apparently, drinking one bottle of wine a week is just as bad as smoking a half pack of cigarettes. Will you stop drinking wine?

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Wine has always been considered one of the healthier alcohols, and a longstanding belief has been that a glass of it a day is good for you. Yes, it is healthy, but in moderation. However, moderation to the extent of a glass per day may be worse than initially anticipated.

If you were to drink a glass a day, you would finish a bottle in less than a week. Five days to be exact. A wine bottle is 750 mL, and according to the Center for Disease Control, a standard glass of wine is 5 ounces. That alone is believed to be unhealthy for you.

According to a new study published in the journal BMC health, a bottle of wine a week is roughly equivalent to five cigarettes per week for men, and ten for women. Researchers found that this amount “is associated with an increased absolute lifetime cancer risk for non-smokers of 1.0% (men) and 1.4% (women).”

The reason it’s higher in women is that there is a strong correlation between breast cancer and alcohol, and in this case, a 0.8% increase in breast cancer in females. What that means is that if 1,000 non-smoking women and 1,000 non-smoking men were each tested, 14 women would develop some form of cancer while ten men would be victimized. Additionally, drinking three bottles per week (roughly half a bottle a day) is the equivalent of eight cigarettes a week for men and 23 for women.

We have long known about the links between tobacco and cancer but were not exactly sure about the relationship between alcohol and cancer. And results from a 2017 American Society of Clinical Oncology survey proved just this, finding that 70% of Americans had no idea alcohol is a risk factor for cancer.

However, authors do want to caution readers before they dump out all their wine.

First off, the study used only available data- no actual research or tests- and data from way back in 2004. Secondly, researchers did not evaluate other cancer risk factors, such as hereditarian cancer, age, or diet. Nor did they consider other non-cancer smoking or alcohol-related poor health outcomes, such as respiratory, cardiovascular, or liver disease.

“This study attempts to quantify the risk of cancer associated with moderate alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking,” said Francisco Esteva, the head of breast medical oncology at New York University’s Langone Perlmutter Cancer Center, who has no affiliation with the study.

“Although it is an interesting statistical analysis, the study didn’t take into account the effects of alcohol and cigarette smoking on cardiovascular health and other organs,” he told HuffPost. “Comparing the cancer risks associated with a specific number of cigarettes to a bottle of wine is quite simplistic and may send the wrong message.”

“The use of cigarette smoking as a measure of risk is clever, but somewhat misleading,” Dr. Larry Norton, deputy physician-in-chief for breast cancer programs at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, told MarketWatch. “Lung cancer is a much more difficult disease to cure than breast cancer, for one thing.

Also, even were moderate drinking associated with increased risk of breast cancer, it would not be valid to conclude that the alcohol causes that increased risk. Association is not causation … On the other hand, we know for sure that smoking actually causes lung and other serious cancers. So, putting it all together, the equating of tobacco with alcohol has some real flaws.”

There is still a lot to learn about alcohol and cancer, but once again, drinking in moderation appears to be the best way to go. You can read more about this story on Delish.


Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

Apparently, drinking one bottle of wine a week is just as bad as smoking a half pack of cigarettes. Will you stop drinking wine?

Totals
74% N – not giving it up
26% Y – need to stop
Males
77% N – not giving it up
23% Y – need to stop
Females
69% N – not giving it up
31% Y – need to stop

N – not giving it up

Y – need to stop


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