August 3, 2009 --Canadian researchers have found another reason to avoid heavy drinking. They've determined that people who drink a lot of beer and spirits face a much higher risk of developing cancer than others. Their risk of developing esophageal cancer increased sevenfold. Their risk of colon cancer increased by 80 percent and their risk of lung cancer rose 50 percent.
Cancer risk did not increase significantly for people who drink less than once a day or stick to wine.
The study is published in the journal Cancer Detection and Prevention.