Lower-alcohol wines cut cancer risk, according to research
Published:  22 January, 2010

Health charity the World Cancer Research Fund is urging consumers to switch to lower-alcohol wines.

The charity says the move could reduce the risks of adults contracting several forms of cancer.

The call could provide further impetus to an already growing trend towards wines around 9%-10% abv and away from the heavy 14% wines that have become the norm in recent years.

The WCRF says people who drink a 25cl glass of wine a day would cut th?eir risk of contracting bowel cancer by 7% if they switched from a 14% abv wine to 10%.

Such a switch would reduce drinkers’ chances of getting breast or liver cancer and cancers of the oesophagus, mouth, pharynx and larynx by a similar amount.

Dr Rachel Thomson, science programme manager at the WCRF, said: “From a cancer?-prevention point-of-view it is best not to drink at all, but we have to be realistic?. Many people enjoy a drink and see it as part of their social life.

Switching to a lower?-alcohol alternative is still something positive they can do.

“It is true that most wines in the supermarket these days tend to be 13%-14% abv, which means finding lower-alcohol alternatives can be difficult.

It will hopefully become easier because the industry seems to be taking the issue seriously.”




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