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Researchers: ‘There is no safe threshold for alcohol and cancer risk’

Ross Cronkrite | Science Recorder | February 17, 2013

Researchers: ‘There is no safe threshold for alcohol and cancer risk’

Alcohol is hazardous to your health, even when consumed in small amounts.

Everyone knows that large quantities of almost anything can be bad for you. However, a group of researchers from the Boston University School of Medicine and Boston University School of Public Health have found that alcohol is a “major” contributor to cancer deaths in the United States, even when consumed in small amounts.

“Alcohol remains a major contributor to cancer mortality and YPLL [years of potential life lost]. Higher consumption increases risk but there is no safe threshold for alcohol and cancer risk. Reducing alcohol consumption is an important and underemphasized cancer prevention strategy,” write the authors in the study’s abstract.

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