Study: One or Two Drinks a Day Might Boost Cancer Risk

In this June 6, 2008 file photo, a row of freshly poured draft beers are seen in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
In this June 6, 2008 file photo, a row of freshly poured draft beers are seen in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

(HealthDay News) — Just one or two drinks a day can increase the risk of certain cancers, researchers report.

A new study of 136,000 adults found light to moderate drinking was associated with an increased risk of breast cancer in women and several other cancers in male smokers. Light drinking is defined as up to one drink a day for women and up to two drinks daily for men, the researchers added.

“Our study reinforces the dietary guidelines that it is important not to go beyond one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men,” said lead investigator Yin Cao, a research fellow in the nutrition department at Harvard’s T. H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston.

However, the study did not prove that drinking raises cancer risk; it only showed an association.

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