Research shows that Australians who drink one drink a night increase their risk of cancer by ten percent


How just ONE nightly beer or glass of vino increases your cancer risk by 10 percent procent

  • Aussies who drink one drink a night are 10% more likely to get cancer
  • ‘Moderate’ drinking linked to eight cancers, including breast cancer
  • Australians drink much more alcohol on average than people in other countries

A groundbreaking study has found that Australians who drink just one drink a night are 10 percent more likely to develop cancer.

Drinking just seven standard drinks a week — the equivalent of a glass of wine or a beer — significantly increases the risk of eight cancers, including breast and mouth.

The study was led by Dr. Peter Sarich, Cancer Council researcher and published in the British Journal of Cancer.

Australians are more likely to develop alcohol-related cancer than other nationalities, and drink on average 50 percent more than people around the world, it found.

A new groundbreaking study has found that Australians who drink just one drink a night are 10 percent more likely to develop cancer (Stock)

A new groundbreaking study has found that Australians who drink just one drink a night are 10 percent more likely to develop cancer (Stock)


Red and Sparkling Wine – 100mL

Light beer – 425mL

Medium beer – 375mL

Full strength beer – 285mL

Spirits – 30mL

Cider – 285mL

Source: National Health and Medical Research Council

Thirty percent of oral cancers in Australia are alcohol-related, as is one in five breast cancers in women.

The study looked at Australians over the age of 45 and found that 16 percent of Australian adults consumed more than two drinks a day.

Those people are about 20-25 percent more likely to get cancer.

The older people get, the greater the risk of drinking alcohol.

Women in their 50s are the group most likely to develop alcohol-related cancers because their bodies are less able to process booze than men.

While health campaigns focus on young people’s binge drinking, the report found that alcohol is harmful to the elderly who were often unaware of the dangers of drinking.

“It is important to target this population as more than half of high-risk drinkers over 50 in Australia do not view their alcohol use as harmful and identify as light, occasional or social drinkers,” the study said.

Authors also warned that binge drinking, regardless of the amount consumed, could increase the risk of cancer.

“Previous studies have suggested that a heavy episodic ‘binge’ drinking pattern … may increase the risk of cancer independent of the total amount of alcohol consumed,” they said.

On average, Australians get drunk 31 times a year, behind only Scotland and England, where people are drunk for 33.7 and 33.8 days respectively.

Just one glass of wine a day increases cancer risk by 10 percent (stock)

A standard drink can be much less than people usually consume

Just one glass of wine a day increases the risk of cancer by 10 percent

Addiction and Alcoholism in Australia

* About one in 20 Australians struggle with a drug problem or addiction each year, but only one in four seek help.

* If you drink a lot of alcohol, you can become dependent on it to make you feel good. Your drinking can be harmful and a form of substance abuse.

* You or someone you know may be drinking too much if they:

– have a strong urge to drink

– can’t control how much they drink

– feel physical effects such as nausea, sweating, shakiness and anxiety when they stop after a period of heavy drinking

– have to drink more over time to get the same good feeling

– drink while alone, or hide alcohol from household members

– Struggling with work, education, or relationships for no apparent reason

– lie about how much they drink

– drinking early in the day or worrying about when they can drink

– forget what they said or did while they were drinking

* Drinking too much alcohol puts you at increased risk of diseases such as heart and liver disease, cancer, diabetes and brain damage.

* It can also have a bad effect on those around you as it is a major player in car accidents, domestic violence and crime.

* The main starting point for treatment is to talk to your doctor about how to control your alcohol consumption.

Source: Health directly