Drinking Alcohol Reduces Kidney Cancer Risk

There is strong evidence from around the world that the moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages (beer, wine and distilled spirits) is associated with a significantly lower risk of developing kidney cancer (renal cell carcinoma).

For example,

All the studies that have used large numbers of participants, controlled for possible alternative explanations, and followed participants for many years have found that drinking alcohol reduces the risk of developing renal cell carcinoma. This fact strengthens the conclusion that drinking alcohol is protective against kidney cancer.

Drinking in moderation has been described by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) as a man consuming four drinks on any day and an average of 14 drinks per week. For women, it is consuming three drinks in any one day and an average of seven drinks per week.

Standard Drinks graphically illustrates information on the alcohol equivalence of standard drinks of beer, wine, and distilled spirits or liquor.

A standard alcoholic drink is:

Standard drinks contain equivalent amounts of alcohol. To a breathalyzer, they're all the same.

There is no evidence that any particular form of alcoholic beverage (beer, wine, or distilled spirits) confers greater health benefits than any other.

This website does not provide any suggestions or recommendations regarding drinking alcohol and health matters and none should be inferred.

Readings

  • Asal. N.R., et al. Risk factors in renal cell carcinoma: I. Methodology, demographics, tobacco, beverage use, and obesity. Cancer Detection and Prevention, 1988, 11(3-6), 359-377.
  • Benhamou S, et al. Risk factors for renal-cell carcinoma in a French case-control study. International Journal of Cancer, 1993, 55, 32–36.
  • Goodman, M. T., et al. A case-control study of factors affecting the development of renal cell cancer. American Journal of Epidemiology, 1986, 124, 926–941.
  • Hsu, C.H., et al. Dietary risk factors for kidney cancer in Eastern and Central Europe. American Journal of Epidemiology, 2007, 166(1), 62-70.
  • Lee, J.E., et al. Total fluid intake and use of individual beverages and risk of renal cell cancer in two large cohorts. Cancer Epidemiological Biomarkers and Prevention, 2006, 15, 1204–1211.
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  • Nicodemus, K.K., et al. Evaluation of dietary, medical and lifestyle risk factors for incident kidney cancer in postmenopausal women. International Journal of Cancer, 2004, 108(1), 115-121.
  • Parker, A.S., et al. Gender, alcohol consumption, and renal cell carcinoma. American Journal of Epidemiology, 2002, 155(5), 455-462.
  • Rashidkhani, B., et al. Alcohol consumption and risk of renal cell carcinoma: A prospective study of Swedish women. International Journal of Cancer, 2005, 117(5), 848–853.
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References

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  • 3. Schouten, L.J., et al. Alcohol Consumption and Mutations or Promoter
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  • 6. Mahabir, S., et al. Prospective study of alcohol drinking and renal cell cancer risk in a cohort of Finnish male smokers. Cancer Epidemiological Biomarkers and Prevention, 2005, 14, 170–175.
  • 7. Pelucchi, C., et al. Alcohol consumption and renal cell cancer risk in two Italian case–control studies. Annals of Oncology, 2008, 19(5), 1003-1008.
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  • 9. Hsu, C.H., et al. Dietary risk factors for kidney cancer in Eastern and Central Europe. American Journal of Epidemiology, 2007, 166(1), 62-70.
  • 10. Asal. N.R., et al. Risk factors in renal cell carcinoma: I. Methodology, demographics, tobacco, beverage use, and obesity. Cancer Detection and Prevention, 1988, 11(3-6), 359-377.
  • 11. Parker, A.S., et al. Gender, alcohol consumption, and renal cell carcinoma. American Journal of Epidemiology, 2002, 155(5), 455-462.
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  • 14. Benhamou, S., et al. Risk factors for renal-cell carcinoma in a French case-control study. International Journal of Cancer, 1993, 55(1), 32-36.

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