Bad news for wine lovers everywhere: A new study published by the American Association for Cancer Research has found a link between daily consumption of alcohol and an increased risk for skin cancer.
The study found that people who drink alcohol on a daily basis are 14 per cent more likely to contract melanoma compared to those who don’t drink at all. Unfortunately, these numbers are even more alarming for people who live in areas that don’t get much sun exposure. Drinkers living in typically overcast regions who drink 20 grams of alcohol per day have a 73 per cent higher chance of developing melanoma in their lifetime.
The study, which used 1,374 participants with melanoma, found that white wine specifically had the most detrimental effect on a person when looking at the link between different types of alcohol and skin cancer. White wine drinkers were 13 per cent more likely to develop signs of melanoma compared to red wine, beer or liquor drinkers. So you may want to drop that glass.
Wine’s carcinogenic byproducts make it a higher risk for developing certain cancers and in the case of white wine, there’s a particular connection to melanoma.
Although these results are concerning for white wine drinkers, Katie Edmunds, a health information officer from the U.K., notes that the study should be taken with a grain of salt. Edmunds says that all alcohol increases the risk of seven types of cancer and that the less you drink of alcohol in general, the lower you risk developing cancer.
If cutting alcohol out of your life completely seems too extreme, just remember that both alcohol consumption and UV exposure should always be enjoyed in moderation.