How much alcohol does it take to get liver cancer?
Not as much as you might think, says to a British study by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF). Less than a bottle of wine a day, in fact. According to new data, consuming just three alcoholic beverages a day can significantly increase your chances of getting liver cancer.
The disease is one of the most deadly, with just a 12 percent survival rate at five years after diagnosis. About one out 100 men and one out of 200 women (U.K. data) get it in their lifetime. Some critics have called the new study is “misleadingly sensationalist,” but Amanda McLean, director of WCRF in the U.K., says there is convincing evidence that five to six units (roughly three glasses of wine) can cause significant damage.
"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,” McLean told The Guardian.
Other studies says that alcohol combined with obesity increased the chances of developing cancer even. Even with moderate to high alcohol consumption, exercising and keeping a healthy diet helped combat the risk.
And coffee, too.
WCRF noted that even one cup of coffee a day could offset the damage caused by moderate alcohol consumption, in some cases lowering the risk by 14 percent. The correlation between coffee and cirrhosis has been well-documented for years. So does this mean anything for daily drinkers? Cut down on the booze and exercise more?
Here’s a Guardian commenter’s tongue-in-cheek take on the issue: “So three glasses of wine and seven cups of coffee a day and you'll be fine. You'll never sleep again but your liver will be tip-top.”