Thursday, 8 May 2008

Alcohol boosts cancer risks: experts

A new study has found that drinking just two standard alcoholic drinks a day significantly increases the risks of developing breast, bowel, throat and mouth cancer.

[What about the rest of the body? Liver? Kidney?, Brain? etc??? M,M,M, My Cirrhosis! Not to mention death by stupidity see links below; i.e. Balmain hotels fill as young mourn pub mates]

The New South Wales Government is releasing the Cancer Institute report, which draws together the results of an international audit of recent cancer research.

The report found that consuming two alcoholic drinks a day increases a person's risk of mouth cancer by 75 per cent, and breast cancer by 22 per cent.

The Assistant Health Minister Verity Firth says the risks of excessive drinking are well known, but the report shows even moderate drinking can be dangerous.

"What this report shows us is that it really only has to be two standard drinks a day before you increase your chances of developing breast cancer by up to 22 per cent," she said.

"So it really is seen as linking what was previously seen as quite moderate levels of alcohol intake to severely increasing risks of cancer."


Calls for binge warnings on alcohol packaging
The Public Health Association (PHA) says warnings about the dangers of binge drinking should be pasted on all forms of packaged alcoholic drinks.

Support for booze public education
A SURVEY of 1000 Australians found more than three-quarters of those questioned about attitudes to drinking said there was not enough public education about the dangers of alcohol, despite the Rudd Government's promise of a multimillion-dollar binge-drinking strategy.

Balmain hotels fill as young mourn pub mates
Many of those involved in the accident were from Balmain. Friends gathered, embraced and cried openly on Darling Street, and soon after were intoxicated with alcohol as well as grief. Balmain bar staff described the incident as a pub staff night gone wrong.

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