The study claiming that drinking six glasses of alcohol a week would increase your risk of developing a disease, including cancer, is a powerful reaction, and some doctors believe it would be incorrect.
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According to a study by the Canadian Center on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA), drinking alcohol every week increases the risk of developing heart disease.
Three drinks a week would increase the risk of developing breast and colon cancer.
“I’ve read the same studies and I don’t come to the same conclusions. It’s clear that Quebecers in general drink too much,” says cardiologist and director of prevention at the Montreal Heart Institute, Martin Juneau, in an interview with LCN.
“There are many people who drink 4-5 glasses a day, so 30 glasses a week! I always tell women to drink, have more of a drink a day, between one and two, but more like one. For men we say three, but I say two more than three,” explains the doctor.
The new data on alcohol consumption does not contradict this; rather, the recommendations would have to be adjusted in each case.
Therefore, drinking more alcohol than recommended is much more dangerous for a woman with risk factors for developing breast cancer.
In addition, smokers are also at a much higher risk of developing diseases and cancer when consuming alcohol.
“There is a terrible synergy between tobacco and alcohol. If you smoke, you increase your risk of throat cancer by 30 times if you drink. You have to look at every disease and every individual,” believes the cardiologist.
Additionally, he argues that alcohol may provide one benefit: some protection against heart attack if you drink a glass or two of alcohol a day.
“Protection in myocardial infarction, not in all pathologies. […] Studies show a reduction in risk, which increases when standards are exceeded.
How come researchers come to different conclusions?
“Epidemiology is not an exact science. […] It’s far from perfect, so there’s always a little bias among researchers, and it’s clear that people in public health want us not to drink alcohol. It would be good because it would reduce car accidents, domestic violence, liver cirrhosis, etc.,” he explains.
According to him, too strict measures would lead to the population no longer believing the researchers.
“You will say to yourself: This is nonsense! I spoke to French people this morning, they were horrified to hear that!”
***Watch the interview in the video above.***