The newest discoveries when it comes to how much alcohol affects your overall health really impress.
A study recently published in the BMC Public Health magazine shows that drinking one bottle of wine a week is equivalent to smoking five cigarettes. for men and 10 cigarettes for women in the same period – at least as regards the risk of cancer
UK researchers found that in a group of non-smokers, drinking a weekly bottle of wine is associated with a 1-percent increase in the risk of cancer in men for life and an increase of 1.4% for women, announced Live Science. The authors of the study used available data on the population and health of the UK as well as data on tobacco cancers and alcohol-related cancers to achieve their results.
The aim of the study is to help people better understand alcohol as a cancer risk factor by quantifying it. Many people are still not aware of the association of alcohol with the disease, according to researchers.
Our assessment of the alcohol equivalent of cigarettes provides a useful measure to report the potential risks of cancer using successful historical smoking messages. "Therese Therese, the author of the study, said in a statement. "We hope that by using cigarettes as a comparator we could more effectively communicate this message to help people make a more informed lifestyle choice."
Although the comparison seems to be quite effective, there is some considerations for this study that everyone should bear in mind The study does not take into account many other health risks associated with smoking, such as heart disease and respiratory illnesses, said Francisco Esteva, head of the medical oncology department breast cancer at the New York Cancer Center in Llangoe.
quantifies the risk of cancer associated with moderate alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking, "said Esteva, who was unrelated to the study. "Although it is an interesting statistical analysis, the study did not take into account the effects of alcohol and smoking on the cardiovascular system and other organs," he told HuffPost. "Comparing the risks of cancer associated with a certain number of cigarettes with a bottle of wine is quite simple and can send a wrong message."
Alexander Kutikov, a professor and head of urological oncology at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, who is also not related to the study, agrees that there are more factors here, and that this can be a very simple comparison. He also noted that studies like this perpetuate a certain level of inappropriate responsibility of an individual who is diagnosed with cancer. "It is important that this story ultimately conceals the concept of guilt," he told HuffPost, adding that patients who are diagnosed with cancer and are involved in behavioral risk factors ̵
"This is a fairly common crisis not only in popular culture but also in medicine. Personally, I believe this should be avoided, "Koutikov said. "Cancer is an extremely complex disease, and some patients can get this challenging diagnosis, although they do everything right, while many others can bring what one would see as carefree life and never develop a malignant disease."
The authors of the study said they did not study many other possible effects on drinking and smoking, such as heart and liver disease. Instead, they used the results as a way to prove that while drinking is not associated with cancer as often as smoking, alcohol and cancer have a connection
It should also be noted that regular smokers probably smoke more than five up to 10 cigarettes per week, according to some figures. But all cigarettes, even in very small numbers, can lead to a higher risk of an earlier death or illness, including cancer. Finally, the survey uses only available data on the subject;
In other words, there are a few more things to consider before stop drinking wine with dinner. But it is certainly interesting – and perhaps effective – to see this information displayed in this way.
Especially because one thing is clear among the researchers: Drinking alcohol is related to the development of cancer, among other issues. This is not the only reason for someone to develop the disease, as Kutikov pointed out, but that may be a factor. So, as with any other substance, it is best to evaluate how you use it. In the US, call 800-662-HELP (4357) for the national helpline SAMHSA .