Quiz: The Alcohol-Cancer Connection

Laura A. Stokowski, RN, MS


November 23, 2015

At present, the type of alcoholic beverage is not believed to play a role in cancer risk, but more evidence is needed. Some epidemiologic studies have shown differences in cancer risk according to beverage type, but many people agree that confounding cannot be ruled out when, for example, lower risks are found with wine than beer or spirits.[11] It is possible that other lifestyle characteristics of people who drink wine, beer, or spirits are different, and that is what is driving the observed difference in cancer risk. Phytochemicals in wine, for example, are not believed to have any influence on cancer risk.[12]


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