According to a recent study, individuals are unaware that all alcoholic beverages—including wine—increase the risk of developing cancer. Some even believe that alcohol has health benefits.
A brief about a study says all forms of alcohol including Wine is not any safer and could cause cancer:
All alcoholic beverages, including wine, beer, and liquor, raise the risk of cancer.
Seven different cancers, including the mouth, breast, and colon cancers, have been connected to alcohol consumption to this point.
The study’s lead author, Andrew Seidenberg, a Cancer Prevention Fellow at the National Cancer Institute in the US, noted that alcohol use is a major modifiable risk factor for cancer in the US but that most people are unaware of this.
The study’s findings showed that alcohol had the highest awareness of the risk for cancer among people (31.2%), followed by beer (24.9%) and wine (20.3 percent).
10% of adults claimed drinking wine lowers cancer risk, compared to 2.2% who said drinking beer and 1.7% who said drinking liquor.
According to a study published in the American Association for Cancer Research journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, more than 50% of respondents claimed to be unaware of how these drinks increased cancer risk.
“Alcoholic beverages of all kinds, including wine, raise the risk of developing cancer. The results highlight the necessity for developing interventions for informing the public about the risks of alcohol use for developing cancer,” as per associate director of the National Cancer Institute’s Behavioral Research Programme, William MP Klein,
Additionally, older persons revealed lesser awareness of alcohol as a cancer risk factor.
In addition to enabling consumers to make better decisions, Klein noted that educating the public on how alcohol increases cancer risk may also help to avoid and curtail excessive alcohol consumption as well as cancer morbidity and mortality.