North East alcohol campaigners warn that half a glass of wine a day can increase the risk of cancer. The Balance, the North East Alcohol Office has launched a campaign to raise awareness on link between drinking and cancer. The campaigners said that very few people know about this association.
Risks of seven different types of cancer, including bowel, breast and throat cancers, increase with drinking alcohol. As majority of the people are not aware of this link, Balance is encouraging people to follow new recommended limit for alcohol consumption. The recommendation issued in January this year says that 14 units a week for both men and women is an ideal consumption.
One unit accounts for around half a pint of beer, half a standard glass of wine or single vodka. Balance maintained that a study showed that a woman who drinks an average of one unit of alcohol a day has 7-12% increased risk of contracting breast cancer. The risk increases with the consumption.
Cancer Research UK stated that a third of mouth and throat cancers and one in five cancers of the oesophagus are outcome of alcohol consumption. Alcoholic drinks contain harmful nitrosamine chemical that goes through mouth, throat and top of the larynx, when a person drinks. This damages important part of the body. Sheffield University researchers found that only around one in 10 people said cancer when asked according to them what are health implication of drinking alcohol.
“This is particularly worrying when we’re seeing such sharp increases in alcohol-related hospital admissions. The fact is, these diseases so often creep up on us, with many people believing they’re drinking in moderation, when actually they’re drinking more than they think”, said Sue Taylor, partnerships manager for Balance.