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Excess alcohol consumption is responsible for 6% of all cancers in the western world. However, moderate amounts of beer and wine are believed to provide health benefits such as reduced risk of heart disease. A recent study on mice found that consumption of non-alcoholic beer resulted in 85% less damage to liver, lung and kidneys from cancer-causing chemicals than those given just water. Japanese researchers stress that this does not mean people should consume more beer as alcohol can have negative health effects. Also, researchers have no idea which of the compounds in the non-alcoholic beer produces this beneficial effect.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by BBC News
About: Non-alcoholic beer may inhibit cancer
Date: 19 January 2005
Source: BBC News
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