SOUTHAMPTON, UK – You might want to think twice before opening the second bottle of wine.
A new study, published in BMC Public Health magazine, compares drinking one bottle of wine a week with smoking 5 or 10 cigarettes. per week, depending on your gender. An increased risk of cancer has also been reported. "One bottle of wine per week is associated with an increased absolute risk of breast cancer-related malignancies in women, equivalent to an increased absolute risk of cancer associated with ten cigarettes per week. These findings can help to say that moderate drinking levels are an important public health risk for women. The risks to men equivalent to five cigarettes per week are also important, "the study said.
British researchers have concluded that this is an important public health problem that they believe requires more national awareness. "First, we must be absolutely clear that this study does not say that moderate alcohol consumption is somewhat equivalent to smoking. Tobacco kills up to two-thirds of consumers, and cancer is just one of many serious health effects. This study only deals with the isolated risk of cancer, "they write.