Moderate alcohol consumption may protect against colorectal cancer,
the second leading cause of cancer deaths, killing more than 56,000
annually in the US according to a study from New York State University.
A study of 1500 people by the State University of New York at
Stoney, reported that drinking at least one glass of wine (preferably
red wine) may protect against colorectal cancer. Beer or mixed
drinks were not found to help. Only 4.1% of the wine-drinkers
in the study had significant polyps compared to 16.7% of those
who drank beer or grain-based liquors and 10.7% of the teetotallers
when colonoscopies were carried out.