Dr Jack A T Edmonds MB BS FRCGP

Private General Practitioner

Your Health in Our Hands

120 Harley Street

Phone: 020 7935 5050
Fax: 020 7935 3888
Email: enquiry@drjackedmonds.co.uk

Alcohol - Cancer Risk?

ALCOHOL –    As a reminder, the national guidelines in the UK is to drink no more than 14 units per week spread over at least 3 days.   One drink is a small glass (125ml) of wine, a single measure of spirits or half a pint of regular strength beer or lager.   At present science does not know for sure but there are three theories as to how it affects our risk of cancer.   Theory 1:  Alcohol is converted into a toxic substance that damages DNA;  Theory 2: Alcohol affects how folate is processed in the body; Theory 3: Alcohol allows more dangerous molecules to enter our cells.   World Cancer Research Fund are currently developing and testing a new tool which will allow them to review studies in a standardised fashion.  Bearing these three theories in mind may help remind you of any risk you may be taking.

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