Drinking wine or beer could
reduce the risk of kidney cancer, according to a new Swedish
stud conducted by researchers at Stockholm's Karolinska
Institute, as reported by the Local Sweden News.
Results are based on the study linking
consumption of various types of alcoholic drinks and the
risk of developing kidney cancer.
The study, published in the British Journal
of Cancer, looked at 855 people with kidney cancer and a
control group of 1,204 people who did not have cancer. They
reported on their intake of beer, wine, fortified wine and
The researchers, led by Professor Alicja
Wolk, found that the risk of developing kidney cancer was
40 percent lower for people who consumed 620 grammes of
alcohol a month, compared with those who did not drink at
all. They found that the risk was reduced in people who
drank more than two glasses of red wine a week, or comparable
amounts of white wine or normal-strength beer.
Consumption of weaker beers, fortified
wines and spirits was not linked to a reduced risk of cancer,
The scientists believe that the connection
between alcohol and the reduced risk of kidney cancer could
be due to the presence in some drinks of antioxidants and