Alcohol in cancer link
JUST one alcoholic drink a day could give you skin cancer, scientists have warned. In alarming news for those who like to relax with a glass of wine in the evening, any type of tipple raises the likelihood of developing two non- melanoma forms of the disease. Chemicals released when the body breaks down alcohol are believed to be responsible. The large- scale study defined a standard drink as 10g of alcohol – roughly equivalent to a small glass of wine or a pot of beer. Every daily 10g shot increased the risk of one type – cutaneous squamous cell carcinomas – by 11 per cent and the other – basal cell carcinoma – rose by 7 per cent. These are tumours that arise in the outer layers of the skin but in different cell types.