How just ONE nightly beer or glass of vino is increasing your risk of cancer by 10 per cent

 A landmark study has found Australians who have just one drink a night are ten per cent more likely to develop cancer.

Drinking as little as seven standard drinks a week - the equivalent to a glass of wine or middy of beer - significantly increases the risk of eight cancers, including of the breast and mouth.

The study was led by Cancer Council researcher Dr Peter Sarich and published in the British Journal of Cancer.


Australians are more likely to develop alcohol-related cancer than other nationalities, drinking an average of 50 per cent more than people across the globe, it found.  

A new landmark study has found that Australians who have just one drink a night are ten per cent more likely to develop cancer (Stock)

A new landmark study has found that Australians who have just one drink a night are ten per cent more likely to develop cancer (Stock)


Thirty per cent of mouth cancers in Australia are linked to alcohol, as well as one in five cases of female breast cancer. 

The study looked at Australians over 45, and found 16 per cent of Australian adults consumed more than two drinks a day.

Those people are around 20-25 per cent more likely to develop cancer.

The older people get, the greater the risk of drinking alcohol.

Women in their 50s are the group most likely to develop alcohol-related cancers because their bodies are less able to process booze than males. 

While health campaigns focus on youth binge-drinking, the report found alcohol is harmful to older people who were often unaware of the dangers of drinking. 

'It is important to target this population given evidence that more than half of risky drinkers aged over 50 years in Australia do not perceive their level of drinking to be harmful, and identify as light, occasional or social drinkers,' the study said.

Authors also warned binge-drinking, regardless of the amount consumed, could increase cancer risk.

'Previous studies have suggested that a heavy episodic "binge" drinking pattern ... may increase cancer risk, independent of the overall amount of alcohol consumed,' they said.

On average, Australians get drunk 31 times a year, only behind Scotland and England, where people are inebriated for 33.7 and 33.8 days respectively. 

Just one glass of wine a day will increase cancer risk by 10 per cent (Stock)
A standard drink may be much less than people usually consume

Just one glass of wine a day will increase cancer risk by 10 per cent

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