De Engelse krant The Independent schrijft:

A new government campaign is to warn drinkers that consuming two large glasses of wine or two strong pints of beer a day triples their risk of developing mouth cancer. New adverts aim to show that even drinking just over the recommended daily limit for alcohol increases the risk of serious health problems.
NHS recommendations are that men should not regularly drink more than three to four units a day, and women not more than two to three.

Een groot glas wijn of een pint bevat al 3 eenheden. Onderzoeken hebben aangetoond dat het drinken van iets meer alcohol dan de aanbevolen maximum hoeveelheden van grote invloed kan zijn op het ontstaan van verschillende soorten kankers:

The campaign follows a survey of more than 2,000 people, which found that 85 per cent did not realise that drinking over recommended limits increases the risk of developing breast cancer. Some 65 per cent were unaware it increases the risk of bowel cancer and 63 per cent did not know about a raised risk of pancreatitis.

A further 30 per cent did not realise that drinking just over the limits increases the risk of high blood pressure; 37 per cent did not know it can impact fertility; and 59 per cent were unaware of the greater risks of mouth, throat and neck cancer.

Sarah Lyness, of Cancer Research UK, said: "Alcohol can increase the risk of seven types of cancer, including two of the commonest kinds – breast and bowel cancers. A recent study showed that nearly 12,500 cancers in the UK each year are caused by alcohol."

Opgemerkt moet worden dat een matige alcoholconsumptie beschermt tegen hart- en vaatziekten.

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