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‘Even a small amount’ of alcohol increases risk of 7 types of cancer – expert

Even though one in two people will develop cancer at some point in their life, that doesn’t mean you don’t have a say in reducing your risk. While there are various lifestyle tweaks that could help build a barrier against the deadly disease, there is one drink that should be taken with caution as it can make you more susceptible to seven types of cancer.

Whether you’re pouring yourself a glass of wine or heading to your local pub for a pint of beer, many Britons enjoy a glass or two every once in a while.

However, “even a small amount” of this popular drink could make you more susceptible to cancer, according to Cancer Research UK.

The charity told Express.co.uk: “Alcohol breaks down into a harmful chemical called acetaldehyde, which can damage our cells and prevent cells from repairing that damage.

“Alcohol can also make cells in the mouth and throat more susceptible to absorbing carcinogens, such as those found in cigarette smoke.

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“This can make cells more likely to develop errors in their genetic material and turn into cancerous cells.”

From gin to wine and cocktails to shots, it doesn’t matter your favorite drink, because the alcohol itself is the problem.

Cancer Research UK said: ‘All types of alcoholic beverages can cause cancer because it is the alcohol itself that causes the damage.

“Our body’s chemical signals can be affected by alcohol.

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“It’s how much alcohol you drink that matters, so no drinking pattern or type of alcohol is worse than another,” the charity added.

Also, trying to offset the amount of alcohol you’ve been drinking with a healthy diet and lifestyle might not work.

Cancer Research UK said: “A healthy, balanced diet can reduce your risk of cancer. But everything we eat and drink matters, including how much alcohol we drink.

“The only way to reduce the risk of alcohol-related cancer is to drink less – whether by having more alcohol-free days each week, replacing a few alcohol drinks with alcohol-free drinks, or choosing weaker drinks or smaller portions.

“There are a lot of tricks that people claim to ‘cure’ hangovers and reverse the damage caused by alcohol.

“But even though they help you with your hangover, they don’t reverse the damage caused by drinking alcohol.”