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Study Finds a Bottle of Wine a Week Has Same Cancer Risk as 10 Cigarettes

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Drinking one 750ml bottle of wine a week increases the risk of developing cancer just as much as smoking 10 cigarettes a week for women and five for men, according to a new study. Researchers from the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Bangor University and the University of Southampton, wanted to show people the dangers of drinking alcohol by comparing it to smoking. 

The research team calculated that if 1,000 non-smoking men and 1,000 non-smoking women each drank a bottle of wine each week across their life, around 10 men and 14 women would develop cancer as a direct result of that drinking. 

If those same people drank three bottles of wine a week, the rate would increase to 19 men and 36 women. 

The study, published in BMC Public Health, states that while moderate drinking can put people at risk of cancer, particularly breast cancer, smoking is far more damaging to overall health. 

Dr Theresa Hydes, who worked on the study, said she hopes the study will make the dangers of drinking easier to understand.