SOUTHAMPTON, UK – You may want to think about it before opening this second bottle of wine.
A new study published in the journal by BMC Public Health compares drinking a bottle of wine a week with smoking 5 or 10 cigarettes a week, depending on your sex. There are also reports that there is an increased risk of cancer.
"One bottle of wine per week is associated with an increased risk of alcohol-related cancers in women due to breast cancer. This corresponds to the ten associated increased cancer risk cigarettes per week. These findings may help to communicate that moderate alcohol consumption represents an important health risk for women. The risks for men who use five cigarettes a week are also remarkable, "the study continues.
The British researchers concluded that this is an important public health issue requiring more national awareness.
"First of all, we must be absolutely clear that this study does not say that drinking alcohol in moderation is equivalent to smoking in all respects. Smoking kills up to two thirds of consumers, and cancer is just one of the many serious health consequences. This study focuses solely on cancer risk in isolation, "she wrote.