who consumed more than nine drinks a week that contained
distilled spirits, such as vodka and whiskey, were three times
more likely to have common types of colorectal cancer. Wine, on
the other hand, appeared to cut that risk.
These were the findings of a study presented at the recent
American College of Gastroenterology annual meeting.
For the research, almost 2,000 volunteers were recruited to have
screening colonoscopies. A colonoscopy is latest designed to look
for colon cancer. Using a thin, flexible tube equipped with a
light and a camera, doctors can examine the length of the colon.
The average age of the study participants was 57 and they were
equally male and female; all came from an upper middle class
neighborhood. Along with a colonoscopy, information was gathered
from each volunteer on drinking history, weight, family medical
history, diet, smoking history, education and exercise.
aren't sure why spirits would be associated with more suspicious
lesions. Experts say it's possible there may be chemicals
involved in the processing of these products, or it could be
another factor altogether, such as a history of aspirin use,
that the volunteers had in common.
Gastroenterology experts say the sample is too small to really
draw any conclusions, but stress that the most important thing
people need to remember is that lifestyle, including alcohol
consumption, has an impact on the risk of getting colorectal