A bottle of wine is as unsafe as 10 cigarettes

Study One bottle of wine a week poses same cancer risk as smoking 10 cigarettes for women

Study One bottle of wine a week poses same cancer risk as smoking 10 cigarettes for women

Writing in BMC Public Health, the researchers calculated that if 1,000 non-smoking men and 1,000 non-smoking women each drank one bottle of wine a week, around 10 extra men and 14 extra women could develop cancer during their lives.

Drinking a bottle of wine increases the risk of cancer to the same extent as smoking 10 cigarettes, a study has found. Scientists calculated the cancer risk of alcohol compared to smoking and came up with the shock statistic for women.

For men, drinking a bottle of wine a week increases the absolute lifetime risk of cancer equivalent to smoking five cigarettes.

For their calculations, the research team from the University of Southampton and Bangor University, used data on cancer risk from Cancer Research UK and data on the number of cancers in the population that could be linked to tobacco and alcohol.

However, if you now drink more than recommended amount (that's two drinks per day for men or one for women), it may be worth reducing your intake.

Each year about 3.3 million deaths are said to occur due to the harmful use of alcohol.

The risks for men were equivalent to five cigarettes per week, they added. Smoking kills up to two thirds of its users, and cancer is just one of the many serious health consequences.

Resveratrol, a chemical found in grapes, as well as other antioxidants, have bolstered wine's "heart-healthy" halo over the years, as these compounds are thought to prevent coronary artery disease (the condition that leads to heart attacks.) However, more studies are finding the cons of drinking alcohol-in any form-likely outweigh the pros.

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"For both men and women in the United Kingdom, the lifetime risk of cancer is around 50%". This equates to an increased absolute lifetime risk of 1 percent in male nonsmokers and 1.3 percent in female nonsmokers.

"The average United Kingdom drinker reports drinking the equivalent of about a bottle-and-a-half of wine a week, and the average smoker smokes about 10 cigarettes a day, or 70 a week".

And the only way to cut the risks from smoking was to quit completely.

The UK researchers said this was a good way of communicating the health risks of moderate drinking.

Sophia Lowes, from Cancer Research UK, said: "Smoking remains the biggest cause of cancer, so this comparison can be useful to raise awareness of less well-known risk factors like alcohol".

The guidance also says there is no "safe" level of drinking when it comes to health risk.

"Research is clear - the less a person drinks, the lower the risk of cancer". And if you don't now drink, there's certainly no need to start.

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