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Increased level of alcohol consumption may increase cancer risk

THURSDAY, Aug. 25, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Adults who increase their alcohol consumption may have a higher risk of alcohol-related cancers and all cancers compared to adults who quit smoking or reduced their alcohol consumption, according to a study published online August 24 in Open JAMA Network.

Jung Eun Yoo, MD, Ph.D., of Seoul National University Hospital in South Korea, and colleagues used data from Korea’s National Health Insurance Service (4.5 million participants) to examine the association between reducing, stopping or increasing alcohol consumption and the development of alcohol-related cancers and all cancers.

The researchers found that compared to the support groups at each drinking level, the augmentation groups had a higher risk of alcohol-related cancers and all cancers. Those who went from no alcohol to light, moderate or heavy levels of alcohol had a higher risk than those who did not drink. A lower risk of alcohol-related cancer was observed in people with low alcohol consumption who stopped drinking compared to those who maintained their alcohol levels. Reducing levels of binge drinking to moderate or light levels was associated with a decreased risk of cancer compared with sustained binge drinking. Compared with people who maintained their alcohol levels, those who drank moderately or heavily and stopped drinking had a higher incidence of all cancers; however, this increased risk disappeared when smoking cessation was sustained.

“The results of this study suggest that stopping and reducing alcohol consumption should be strengthened for cancer prevention,” the authors write.

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