Alarming news for the
beer drinkers is that consuming four units of beer annually can double your
risk of throat and mouth cancer in males whereas in females drinking three
units of beer can enhance the threat of breast cancer by almost 25 percent.
Professor Sir Ian
Gilmore, the chairman of the Alcohol Health Alliance, mentioned that beer
drinkers lack the knowledge of the direct association of beer with cancer.
Prof Peter Anderson
from Newcastle University conducted a study to assess the effects of beer
intake. The study was funded by Alcohol Public Health Research Alliance
(AMPHORA), an EU-funded body of 30 universities and other scientific institutes.
Prof Anderson stated,
"Ethanol and acetaldehyde, toxins and carcinogens associated with alcohol, were
more potent than current safety guidelines acknowledge. The European Food
Safety Authority has never assessed alcoholic drinks for safe exposure levels
According to the UK
government data, around 4500 Britons die every year due to alcohol-associated
cancer such as rectum, oesophagus and breast
The experts discovered
that the alcohol maximum dosage was 20g which was comparable to one drink every
advocated, "It underlines the link between cancer and alcohol and the fact that
for breast cancer, for instance, there is a significantly increased risk even
in those women who drink within government guidelines."
According to the
Department of Health, there was no substantial evidence showing the
inter-relationship of beer intake and prevalence of cancer. Therefore they will
not commence any statutory warnings.
Commission firmly said, "We will not be making any proposals based on the
AMPHORA project's conclusions."
In another study the
experts have noticed that women drinking one standard alcohol drink per day
were exposed to the threat of developing cancer of breast
It was discovered that
alcohol intake can lead to the occurrence of cancers of pharynx, liver, rectum,
colon and oral cavity in both males and females and is also a leading cause of
breast cancer among women.
The scientists finally said, "Three people
in Ireland die from oral and pharyngeal cancer (OPC) every week - which is more
than skin melanoma or cervical cancer. On average, Irish alcohol drinkers
consume about 37g of alcohol a day."