Researchers Say That Drinking a Bottle of Wine Per Week Is as Bad as Smoking 10 Cigarettes

Updated: Apr 8, 2019



If you think that a glass of while a few nights won't be bad for your health, if it as equivalent to smoking five to 10 cigarettes. BMC Public Health published a new article about alcohol and tobacco and the study that was conducted " Alcohol and tobacco attributable fractions were subtracted from lifetime general population risks of developing alcohol- and smoking-related cancers, to estimate the lifetime cancer risk in alcohol-abstaining non-smokers. This was multiplied by the relative risk of drinking ten units of alcohol or smoking ten cigarettes per week, and increasing levels of consumption. "1


In 2016 tobacco use caused over 7.1 million deaths worldwide (5.1 million in men, 2.0 million in women). Drinking a bottle of wine every week, non-smoking men’s risk increased to 1%, or smoking five cigarettes. In non-smoking women, the risk rose 1.4%, the equivalent of smoking 10 cigarettes, with a 0.8% risk of breast cancer.


One bottle of wine per week can increase a risk in a women from alcohol-related cancers. Drinking one bottle of wine per week is associated with an increase in absolute lifetime risk of cancer equivalent to smoking ten cigarettes a week for women, and five for men. These findings highlight moderate levels of drinking as an important public health issue for women and identify a need to promote national awareness, supported by the recent change in national drinking guidelines.2


References

1- BMC Public Health, 2019. A comparison of gender-linked population cancer risks between alcohol and tobacco: how many cigarettes are there in a bottle of wine? Retrieved from: https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-019-6576-9


2-- BMC Public Health, 2019. A comparison of gender-linked population cancer risks between alcohol and tobacco: how many cigarettes are there in a bottle of wine? Retrieved from: https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-019-6576-9

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