Drinking Alcohol Daily Significantly Reduced Mortality from Cancer

Compared to not drinking, consuming a drink of beer, wine or distilled spirits each day significantly reduced the risk of death from breast, colorectal, prostate and lung cancer as well as all-site cancer death among 323,000 people in the National Health Interview Study, which is a nationally representative study of the United States. Those who consumed three drinks every day had an increased risk of cancer equal to that of the non-drinkers.

The research, conducted by epideiologists from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and Dr. Kenneth Mulkamal of Harvard University, is published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

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  • Rosalind A. Breslow, R.A, et al. Prospective study of alcohol consumption quantity and frequency and cancer-specific mortality in the US population. American Journal of Epidemiology, 2011, 174(9),1044-1053.

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