A new study published in the scientific journal Addiction could be a serious buzzkill for your happy hour. Research out of Otago University in New Zealand claims to have found a direct link between alcohol consumption and the development of a variety of cancer types.
While liver cancer has long been medically associated with drinking, the latest study shows that drinking could in fact be linked in seven different types of cancer, including cancer of the breast, skin, pancreas, and prostate—and potentially even more. Professor Jennie Connor drew upon data from a number of studies conducted by the World Cancer Research Fund over the past 10 years to analyze what kind of roll booze plays in the development of the disease. The data provided by the research fund, which is run by the World Health Organization, showed that 5.8 percent of cancer deaths could be linked to alcohol consumption directly.
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Connor warns that even drinking booze in small quantities—such as a glass or two of wine—puts you at risk for cancer. Though heavy drinkers are in greater jeopardy, the researcher says that everyone should cut down on their consumption, regardless of how great or small it currently is.