According to research presented at the 77th annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians, called CHEST 2011, heavy alcohol consumption was linked with a higher risk for developing fatal illnesses such as lung cancer and cardiovascular disease. The article, referred to in Alcoholism, showed that individuals who drank heavily and took part in routine alcohol abuse may be increasing their chance for getting lung cancer.
Fellow Stantion Siu, at the College of Chest Physicians, said that people who drink over three units per day of beer were at an increased risk for developing cancer of the lungs than those individuals drinking wine or liquor. Siu added that heavy drinking has multiple effects that can contribute to cardiovascular complications and the risk for developing lung cancer. Further information revealed at the conference showed that African American males and Asian females were at greater risk for developing these illnesses.
According to figures from NHS, only 9 percent of all people living in the UK with lung cancer survive for at least five years because of the indistinct symptoms that are associated with the disease. Many are completely unaware there are risks of cardiovascular complications or an increased risk for developing lung cancer when drinking heavily and do not believe they have a problem or might need help. Eighty-five percent of those surveyed by the Department of Health were aware that high alcohol intake can cause liver damage but far fewer knew the dangers of possibly developing cancer and heart problems.