TIL drinking a bottle of wine a week carries the same lifetime cancer risk as smoking up to 10 cigarettes a week in women and 5 in men

Read more: https://news.cancerresearchuk.org/2019/03/28/cigarettes-and-alcohol-should-we-be-communicating-cancer-risk-in-terms-of-cigarettes-smoked/

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  1. “One bottle of wine per week is associated with an increased absolute lifetime cancer risk for non-smokers of 1.0% (men) and 1.4% (women). The overall absolute increase in cancer risk for one bottle of wine per week equals that of five (men) or ten cigarettes per week (women). Gender differences result from levels of moderate drinking leading to a 0.8% absolute risk of breast cancer in female non-smokers.”

    Which is to say ‘not all that much.’

  2. So, if my understanding of the metric system holds, and drinking a bottle of wine a week is equivalent in risk to smoking five cigarettes a week, as a man, if I drink a quart of bourbon a week, that’s … [does the math] … the equivalent risk to running a mile and furlong fortnightly while carrying a backpack weighing two stone.

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