The World Health Organization (WHO), once again, warns the public about excessive alcohol consumption, which increases the risk of cancer. As Professor Jurgen Rehm of the WHO reminds us, it is best not to drink alcohol at all, but if you really can’t do otherwise, you shouldn’t exceed more than one glass a day.
“There is no such thing as safe drinking. The slightest risk would be to have one drink a day,” he said for Daily Mail.
His comment follows the publication of a study this year that indicates that there is no such thing as safe drinking and that even moderate intake increases the risk of developing cancer. Professor Rehm also added that one-third of deaths across Europe are due to cancer, mostly caused by alcohol abuse.
According to research conducted at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, one drink a day increases the risk of developing alcohol-related diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, and tuberculosis, by at least 0.5%. Drinking two drinks a day increases the risk by 7% and those who regularly drink more than five drinks a day have a 37% risk in addition to developing alcohol-related illnesses.
Drink No More Than One Glass Of Alcohol Per Day To Avoid Cancer
The experts always said that the alcohol dose should not be exceeded or, more precisely, to limit it to what is “acceptable.” For both sexes combined, no more than 10 “standard” drinks per week and no more than 2 “standard” drinks per day should be consumed. A “standard” glass of alcohol means 10g of pure alcohol, for example, half a beer or a wine glass contains 10g of pure alcohol. In the United Kingdom, the guidelines indicated by health specialists is not to exceed 14 units of alcohol per week, or 6 pints of beer per week. According to the WHO experts, alcohol prices should be increased, as is the case in Scotland, for example, to slow down bad drinking habits.
“The price in Europe has been the least used method regarding preventive policy,” added Professor Rehm.