Red Wine May Cut Risk of Lung Cancer
As the late great Ian Dury sang "reasons to be cheerful" with the news that drinking red wine seems to reduce the risk of lung cancer. This though is no excuse for overdoing it though as excess alcohol use - including red wine - did not have the same positive effects as 'moderate' use.
Moderate red wine consumption was associated with a reduced incidence of lung cancer, especially among smokers. Smokers who drank at least one glass of red wine a day had 60% lower chance of getting lung cancer than nondrinking smokers.
Still, researchers said the best way to reduce lung cancer risk is to stop smoking. The smokers who drank red wine still faced a greater risk than nonsmokers. The study also notes that results should not be extrapolated for heavy alcohol consumption.
Other kinds of alcohol -- white wine, beer, and liquor -- did not demonstrate a reduced risk of lung cancer among participants.