Australian Cancer Council warns alcohol carcinogenic

14:02, May 01, 2011      

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Australia Cancer Council on Sunday warned that any amount of alcohol could give people cancer.

While drinking alcohol may have played a dominant role in defining Australian culture for more than 200 years, the Cancer Council report published in the Medical Journal of Australia said alcoholic drinks and ethanol are carcinogenic to humans, and there is no evidence there is a safe consumption threshold to avoid cancer.

The report said there is convincing evidence that alcohol is a cause of cancer of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, oesophagus, bowel (in men) and breast (in women).

It said drinking alcohol also increases the risk of bowel cancer in women, and liver cancer, and, because it might contribute to weight gain, it could also be associated with cancers linked to excess weight and obesity.

"It is also an important cause of illness, injury and death, whether resulting from short-term episodes of intoxication or from long-term, chronic use," the council said in the statement.

The only way to reduce the risk of cancer is to limit your drinks or avoid alcohol altogether, it said.

Source: Xinhua

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