More Bad News for Little Old Wine Drinkers By Mrs Vera West

     Here is more evidence for my perhaps futile campaign against alcohol consumption, and for a renewed Temperance League:

“Drinking a bottle of wine per week may be like smoking five to 10 cigarettes in the same time period, in terms of cancer risk, according to a new study from the United Kingdom. The study, published today (March 28) in the journal BMC Public Health, is the first to estimate the "cigarette equivalent" of alcohol, with regard to cancer risk. The researchers found that the increase in cancer risk tied to drinking one bottle of wine per week is equivalent to smoking five cigarettes per week for men and 10 cigarettes per week for women. The goal of the research is to better convey the cancer risks that are tied to moderate alcohol consumption, which is generally thought to be less harmful than smoking cigarettes. Indeed, studies in both the U.S. and U.K. have found that many people aren't aware of alcohol's link to cancer. For example, a 2017 survey from the American Society of Clinical Oncology found that 70 percent of Americans didn't know that drinking alcohol is a risk factor for cancer.

"Our estimation of a cigarette equivalent for alcohol provides a useful measure for communicating possible cancer risks that exploits successful historical messaging on smoking," lead study author Dr. Theresa Hydes, of the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, said in a statement. "We hope that by using cigarettes as the comparator we could communicate this message more effectively to help individuals make more informed lifestyle choices." Dr. Richard Saitz, an addiction medicine specialist and chair of the Department of Community Health Sciences at Boston University School of Public Health, said that the study's comparison makes sense.

"I think it's about time that we communicate the cancer risks of alcohol — it's really been under the radar [and] this way is a good way to do it," said Saitz, who wasn't involved with the study. Still, the researchers stress that the study isn't saying that moderate alcohol consumption is the same thing as smoking. The study only considered cancer risk, and not the risks of other health conditions, such as heart disease. In addition, the study looked at the lifetime risk of cancer in the general population, which might differ from an individual's cancer risk from either smoking or alcohol, the authors said.

     The study only looked at cancer risk, but alcohol consumption has been associated with numerous diseases of most major organs of the body. Clearly, the medical evidence alone counts strongly against the way alcohol has become way of life. In fact, what alcohol does is deaden the slave so that they can unthinkingly keep on keeping on for the system. What we need however, is system change. Eliminating such mind controlling drugs will be a good first step.

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