Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Grapes Or Grain? Wine Drinking May Reduce Colon Cancer Risk; Beer, Hard Liquor Provide No Benefit

Date:
October 19, 2000
Source:
American College Of Gastroenterology
Summary:
In a finding that counters conventional thinking about the relationship between alcohol use and colorectal cancer, drinking at least one glass of wine per week may actually protect against the development of the disease, whereas beer or mixed drinks do not.

NEW YORK, October 16, 2000 -- In a finding that counters conventional thinking about the relationship between alcohol use and colorectal cancer, drinking at least one glass of wine per week may actually protect against the development of the disease, whereas beer or mixed drinks do not. Results of this new research were presented at the 65th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), October 16 -- 18th.

Related Articles


In the study, researchers from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, led by Catherine R. Messina, Ph.D., prospectively analyzed results of 1,500 consecutive colonoscopies performed between August 1999 and April 2000. Patients with a history of colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, or polyps were excluded. The investigators found that only one percent of wine drinkers had significant colorectal polyps, compared with 18 percent of beer or grain-based liquor drinkers, and 12 percent of those who abstain. The results were statistically significant.

The researchers defined "alcohol use" as a glass of wine, a can of beer, or one ounce of liquor at least once a week.

Previous research has suggested that alcohol use may increase the risk for developing colorectal cancer. The study by Messina and coworkers analyzed cancer risk according to type of alcoholic beverage. To minimize the effects of bias, they examined data from a large series of consecutive colonoscopies.

The study found that wine drinkers were far less likely to have significant colorectal pathology than those who drank grain-based liquors or even those who abstained. Drinking moderate amounts of wine has already been shown to have beneficial effects on the heart.

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States, trailing only lung cancer. More than 56,000 Americans will die in 2000 from the disease, and more than 130,000 new cases will be diagnosed this year. Previous research has shown that up to 90% of colorectal cancer deaths can be prevented through regular screening, early detection, and timely removal of precancerous polyps.

# # #

The ACG was formed in 1932 to advance the scientific study and medical treatment of disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. The College promotes the highest standards in medical education and is guided by its commitment to meeting the needs of clinical gastroenterology practitioners. Consumers can get more information on gastrointestinal disorders through the following ACG-sponsored programs:

* 1-800-978-7666 (free brochures on common gastrointestinal disorders, including ulcers, colon cancer, gallstones, and liver disease)

* 1-800-HRT-BURN (free brochure and video on heartburn and GERD)

* http://www.acg.gi.org (ACG's Web site)


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by American College Of Gastroenterology. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

American College Of Gastroenterology. "Grapes Or Grain? Wine Drinking May Reduce Colon Cancer Risk; Beer, Hard Liquor Provide No Benefit." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 19 October 2000. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/10/001018221332.htm>.
American College Of Gastroenterology. (2000, October 19). Grapes Or Grain? Wine Drinking May Reduce Colon Cancer Risk; Beer, Hard Liquor Provide No Benefit. ScienceDaily. Retrieved October 31, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/10/001018221332.htm
American College Of Gastroenterology. "Grapes Or Grain? Wine Drinking May Reduce Colon Cancer Risk; Beer, Hard Liquor Provide No Benefit." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/10/001018221332.htm (accessed October 31, 2014).

Share This



More Health & Medicine News

Friday, October 31, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Fauci Says Ebola Risk in US "essentially Zero"

Fauci Says Ebola Risk in US "essentially Zero"

AP (Oct. 30, 2014) NIAID Director Anthony Fauci said the risk of Ebola becoming an epidemic in the U.S. is essentially zero Thursday at the Washington Ideas Forum. He also said an Ebola vaccine will be tested in West Africa in the next few months. (Oct. 30) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Nurse Defies Ebola Quarantine With Bike Ride

Nurse Defies Ebola Quarantine With Bike Ride

AP (Oct. 30, 2014) A nurse who vowed to defy Maine's voluntary quarantine for health care workers who treated Ebola patients followed through on her promise Thursday, leaving her home for an hour-long bike ride. (Oct. 30) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Pot-Infused Edibles Raise Concerns in Colorado

Pot-Infused Edibles Raise Concerns in Colorado

AFP (Oct. 30, 2014) Colorado may have legalized marijuana for recreational use, but the debate around the decision still continues, with a recent - failed - attempt to ban cannabis-infused edibles. Duration: 01:53 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
British Navy Ship Arrives in Sierra Leone With Ebola Aid

British Navy Ship Arrives in Sierra Leone With Ebola Aid

AFP (Oct. 30, 2014) The British ship RFA ARGUS arrived in Sierra Leone to deliver supplies and equipment to help the fight against Ebola. Duration: 00:42 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories


Health & Medicine

Mind & Brain

Living & Well

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins