Alcohol ‘strongly’ linked to stomach cancer

21st April, 2016 by Annie Hayes

There is “strong evidence” that consuming three or more alcoholic drinks per day “significantly increases” the risk of stomach cancer, according to a new report by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF).


New research reveals just three alcoholic drinks per day “significantly increases” the risk of stomach cancer

As part of the Continuous Update Project (CUP), an ongoing analysis of global research on how diet, nutrition, physical activity and weight affect cancer risk and survival, the WCRF found drinking 45 grams of alcohol per day – equivalent to approximately three drinks – “significantly increases” the risk of stomach cancer.

According to new research, the risk is most significant in men, as well as smokers and ex-smokers.

The report reviewed evidence from 89 studies from around the world, which examined around 17.5 million adults and nearly 77,000 cases of stomach cancer.

The research was gathered and analysed by a research team at Imperial College London, and then independently assessed by a panel of leading international scientists in a report titled Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Stomach Cancer.

Findings also confirmed that eating 50g per day of processed meat, for example two rashers of bacon, increases the risk by 18%, while being overweight or obese is also a significant cause; the more a person weighs in relation to height, the higher the risk.

The report also found some evidence that eating citrus fruit could decrease the risk of stomach cancer.

3 Responses to “Alcohol ‘strongly’ linked to stomach cancer”

  1. Mike Gerrard says:

    The information is very vague. In terms of alcohol consumption, it only says ‘significantly increase’ and doesn’t give a figure, as it does for eating processed meat – an 18% increase in chance.

    And what about the 280 fewer cases per year? As the study was worldwide, does that mean 280 fewer cases in the entire world? That’s a pin-prick. It doesn’t even seem particularly large if the figure only refers to the UK. If it’s 280 fewer based on the 77,000 cases they studied, that’s less than half a percent.

  2. John Bell says:

    This kind of reporting makes me crazy. It intimates that a causal relationship has been found when the reality is that merely a relationship has been found. Until a causal relationship has been found, I’m not interested. This kind of reporting is not useful.

  3. fred scarfe says:

    Excellent Alcohol is a toxic carcinogen and causes many Cancers and deaths and that is a fact- Drink at your own risk and many are in denial and that is dangerous-Thanks for your report

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