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Tue, 9 Apr, 2019Basmah Qazi

Research shows weekly bottle of wine increases risk of cancer

Research shows weekly bottle of wine increases risk of cancer

Bad news for wine drinkers. Research conducted by experts at the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Bangor University and University of Southampton have discovered that women drinking one bottle of wine per week is equivalent to smoking 10 cigarettes a week.

The habit contributes to the risk of cancer. Men who drink one bottle of wine a week have an equal cancer risk of 5 cigarettes a week.

The results were published in the BMC Public Health medical journal, which revealed that out of 1000 non-smoking women who indulged in wine, 14 developed cancer. The same applied to men.

Dr Theresa Hyde, an author of the study wrote: “We must first be absolutely clear that this study is not saying that drinking alcohol in moderation is in any way equivalent to smoking.”

She also clarifies that the study relates to those who drink one bottle of wine a week throughout their lifetime.

Sophia Lowes, from Cancer Research UK told SkyNews that, "Research is clear - the less a person drinks, the lower the risk of cancer. Small changes like having more alcohol-free days can make a big difference to how much you drink.”

So, to put it simply, reduce the habit of smoking and drinking, and live a healthier life.

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