An Australian health organization has issued an eyebrow-raising report urging people to abstain from alcohol completely in order to reduce their risk of cancer. The Cancer Council of Australia (CCA) released a position statement that claims 5 percent of all cancers in that country are attributable to long-term alcohol consumption. While past research has shown evidence of a link between alcohol and cancer, particularly breast cancer, many in the medical community believe the jury is still out on a conclusive connection, and some studies have suggested wine may decrease the risk of some cancers. Some experts and wine professionals are criticizing the CCA's report as misleading.
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