Do you have a beer or wine most nights? Maybe two? The big C is more of a risk than you might think.

By Paige Cockburn

ABC Health & Wellbeing /

What would be a good enough reason for you to actually cut back on booze? If you were gaining weight? If you were tired all the time? Having relationship difficulties?

What about cancer?

Chances are, this one didn’t make your list.

But five in every 100 Australians who exceed 14 drinks a week will develop cancer by age 85, according to Dr Peter Sarich, who led a landmark study published in the British Journal of Cancer.

Dr Sarich found by age 85, the absolute risk of alcohol-related cancer was 17.3 per cent for men and 25 per cent for women who were drinking less than 14 drinks a week.

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