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Monday 18 November 2019

Drinking a weaker wine cuts cancer risk

Elizabeth Barrett in London

Wine drinkers could cut their risk of developing bowel cancer by switching to a lower-alcohol alternative, a British cancer charity has suggested.

People who have a large (250ml) glass of wine every day could reduce their bowel cancer risk by about 7pc through switching from wine with an alcohol content of 14pc to one of 10pc, the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) said.

The WCRF said there was "strong evidence" that making the switch would lower the threat of breast cancer, liver cancer, oesophageal cancer and cancers of the mouth, pharynx and larynx at a "similar" rate.

It said an estimated 20,000 cases of cancer diagnosed every year were linked to alcohol.

Dr Rachel Thompson, WCRF's science programme manager, said: "If you drink quite a lot at the moment, the best advice is to reduce the number of drinks you have.

"But if people do not want to do this, switching to a lower alcohol alternative is still something positive they can do. "

Dr Thompson said although lower-alcohol wines were more difficult to find, it was a lifestyle change that could make a long-term health difference.

Irish Independent

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