It’s no secret that habitual alcohol use carries with it the risk of health problems and/or addiction. While moderated alcohol use is generally benign, those who drink several times a week often experience adverse effects. In fact, new research suggests that having three alcoholic beverages a day can result in liver cancer, The Guardian reports.
Analyzing 34 previous studies which included 8.2 million people, researchers at the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), found that more than 24,500 people who had liver cancer, reported having at least three drinks a day.
“Around three or more drinks per day can be enough to cause liver cancer,” said Amanda Mclean, director of the charity’s UK branch. “Until now we were uncertain about the amount of alcohol likely to lead to liver cancer. But the research reviewed in this report is strong enough, for the first time, to be more specific about this.”
In response, the Alcohol Health Alliance, a group of health organizations, suggest that every alcoholic beverage sold in a can or bottle should have a health warning posted, according to the article.
“Alcohol, like tobacco and asbestos, is a class 1 carcinogen and it is totally unacceptable that the public is not provided with such basic information,” said Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, the alliance’s chair.
“This report shows that there is no safe level of drinking when it comes to cancer prevention. It’s time for the government to take action to minimize the risk of harm, including ensuring that labels carry mandatory health warnings and lists of ingredients to standards that are developed independently from groups with vested interests.”
However, at Cambridge University, Paul Pharoah, a professor of cancer epidemiology is weary of the WCRF’s findings.
“I do not think that the published data are sufficiently robust to conclude that three drinks a day specifically is associated with an increased risk of primary liver cancer,” said Pharoah.