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The same patterns were mostly seen when factoring for age, occupational class, and smoking or drinking. Elevated risks for colon, stomach, breast, prostate, colorectal and esophageal cancers were found.
“In Japan, the primary cause of death is cancer,” Zaitsu said. “Given the current burden of overall cancer incidence, we should further encourage promoting public education about alcohol-related cancer risk.”
The study's findings, which specifically focused on the Japanese population, comes more than a year after a global study found that there was no safe amount of alcohol to consume.
“The widely held view of the health benefits of alcohol needs revising,” said the Global Burden of Disease Study report published in the journal, The Lancet. “Our results show that the safest level of drinking is none.”
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Still, Professor Eric Claassen of Amsterdam University explained at an event held by probiotic drink maker Yakult that strong Belgian beers are “very healthy” for gut health. The probiotics in twice-fermented beers like Hoegaarden and Westalle Tripel are what makes them better than others. Yet Claassen cautioned, “We don’t want to give people a licence to drink more beer.”
“In high concentrations alcohol is bad for the gut but if you drink just one of these beers every day it would be very good for you,” he added.