Lower alcohol wine reduces cancer risk

Cancer charities are advising wine drinkers  to drink lower alcohol varieties in order to cut the risk of cancer.

Lower alcohol drinks also contain fewer calories which make it also a better wine option for people on a balanced diet.

One of these charities is  The World Cancer Research Fund. This charity is urging wine drinkers to consider trying 10 per cent alcohol by volume wine instead of the usual 12 per cent to 14 per cent.

People who drink a large glass of wine a day could reduce their risk of developing bowel cancer or breast cancer by seven per cent just by switching from a 14 per cent wine to a 10 per cent one, they said.

Hundreds of cases of cancer could be prevented if everyone switched to lower alcohol drinks, they said.

For every 100 people who switched, five would develop bowel cancer at some point in their lives, instead of six.

Switching would also reduce the risk of other cancers affected by alcohol such as breast, liver, throat, mouth and voicebox by a similar amount.

The World Cancer Research Fund suggests a lower recommended daily limit that the government due to the links. The charity has said that to reduce cancer risk it is best not to drink alcohol at all but because small amounts have been shown to benefit the heart they recommend drinking no more than two drinks a day for men and one for women.

The recommended daily limit is three to four units for men and two to three for women with at least two alcohol free days a week.

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