A British study has revealed that alcohol consumption is a risk factor for a growing number of cancers, including lung cancer.
It found that those who drank up to a maximum of 2,000 millilitres of alcohol per week were more than twice as likely to develop breast, colon, liver and ovarian cancer than those who abstained.
In a new study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), researchers say that people who drink up to 10 pints of alcohol every day are twice as unlikely to develop cancers than those whose intake was much lower.
The study looked at the relationship between alcohol consumption and the risk of developing cancers.
The researchers say the risk may be even greater for those who drink more than 40 drinks per week.
The research suggests that the drinking rate of those who develop cancers may be more influenced by alcohol consumption than the number of drinks.
The British Medical Association’s cancer prevention expert, Professor Richard D’Ambrosio, said: “We need to be careful about the number we drink and the amount of alcohol consumed.”
The BMJ said that while the results of the study did not prove that drinking up to 2,200 millilitre of alcohol was linked to a higher risk of cancer, it did suggest that people drinking up too much were at risk.
He added that the results should not be used to discourage people from getting enough alcohol to minimise the risk.