There is no safe level of alcohol consumption: World Health Organization
There is no safe level of alcohol consumption and the risk of several types of cancer increases with each unit of alcohol per day, says the World Health Organization (WHO).
“People need to know that by reducing alcohol consumption they can reduce their risk of getting cancer. It doesn’t matter what type, quality or price alcohol is,” said Dr Marilys Corbex, Senior Technical Officer on noncommunicable diseases, WHO/Europe.
The WHO says that more than 10 percent of alcohol-attributable cancer cases in the European region arise from drinking just one bottle of beer (500 ml) or two small glasses of wine (100 ml each) every day.
The UN health agency also says alcohol consumption contributes to 3 million deaths each year globally as well as to the disabilities and poor health of millions of people.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies alcohol as a Group 1 human carcinogen and it is linked to seven types of cancer.
Alcohol increases the risk of cancers of the breast, mouth, throat, oesophagus, liver, voice box and large intestine and rectum, according to IARC.
“Simply put, alcohol is toxic. It harms every organ while it passes through the body,” said Dr Carina Ferreira Borges, Acting Director for Noncommunicable Diseases and Programme Manager for Alcohol and Illicit Drugs at WHO/Europe.
A recent study published in Europe showed that drinking even one small glass of an alcoholic drink a day raises the risk of irregular heartbeat, which can lead to a stroke and heart failure.
Researchers say the findings dismiss decades-old ideas about the health benefits of alcohol in moderation.
Why is alcohol forbidden in Islam and other religions?
Islam and other religions forbid alcoholic consumption and view it as sinful due to the physical, mental and spiritual harm it has on humans. In Islam, any food or drink that causes intoxication is strictly forbidden.
In the Quran, all kinds of alcoholic drinks are unlawful and referenced as incentives from the Satan.