Men who drink about 11 drinks of alcohol per week are 50% less likely to get cancer than those who "hardly drink at all," according to a study recently completed by scientists of the Health and Welfare Ministry of Japan.

The study, headed by a doctor at the National Cancer of Japan, followed 19,000 healthy, non-smoking men.

The results showed that daily consumption of alcohol had the strongest effect in preventing cancer. The director of the study said that it proves the saying, "A little something to drink is the best medicine."

On the other hand, consuming over four drinks per day increased the likelihood of getting cancer. Moderation is the key.


  • Kyodo News Service. Drinking a Little Helps Prevent Cancer. Tokyo, Japan: press release, Sept. 9, 1999.

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