While alcohol use has been linked to many diseases, from cancer to cirrhosis, researchers have now found more evidence of its risk.

A group of researchers from the University of Oxford have linked alcohol consumption to diseases such as gout and cataracts.

Other recent alcohol-related disorders include fractures and circulatory disorders.

The research team collaborated with scientists from Peking University and the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences.

They analyzed a Chinese database containing medical information on more than 512,000 adults, including their drinking habits.
Among men, alcohol consumption was significantly associated with an increased risk of 60 diseases.

This included 33 diseases not previously reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an alcohol-related disease.

While a third of the men in the research project consumed alcohol regularly (at least once a week), among women the figure was only 2%.

As a result, women were used as a control group to find out whether the increased risk of disease in men was due to alcohol consumption.

The team identified dose-related risks, noting that every four drinks per day was associated with a 14 percent increase in the risk of alcohol-related illness.

Author of the study Beck K.M. said: “Alcohol consumption is negatively associated with a wider range of diseases than previously identified. Our results indicate that these associations are likely causal.”

Professor Liming Li, lead author, added, “This major collaborative study demonstrates the need for stronger alcohol control policies in China.”

60 diseases associated with alcohol use:

– Tuberculosis.

– Throat cancer.

Esophageal carcinoma.

– Liver cancer.

Unconfirmed tumor.

– Colon cancer.

– Lungs’ cancer.

Rectal cancer.

Other types of cancer.

Cancer of the lips, oral cavity and pharynx.

– stomach cancer.

Other types of anemia

Purpura and other bleeding.

Other metabolic disorders.

– diabetic.

The least common psychological and behavioral conditions combined.

– epilepsy.

Transient cerebral ischemic attacks.

– Cataract.

Phlebitis and thrombophlebitis.


Intracerebral hemorrhage.

Consequences of cerebrovascular diseases.

Cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure.

Essential arterial hypertension.

Cerebral infarction.

Complications of cardiovascular diseases.

– brain attack.

Blockage and narrowing of the cerebral arteries.

– Occlusion and narrowing of primitive arteries.

Other cerebrovascular diseases.

Chronic ischemic heart disease.

– The least common combined diseases of the circulatory system.

Nonspecific chronic bronchitis.

Other chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases.

– Pneumonia.

Alcoholic liver disease.


Other inflammatory diseases of the liver.

Anal and rectal abscesses.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease.

– Ulcers.

Other diseases of the digestive system.

Other liver diseases.

– pancreatitis.

Other local infections (skin/subcutaneous tissue).


– gout.

Another osteoporosis.

Abnormal learning outcomes in the workplace.

– Feeling unwell and tired.

Other unidentified causes of death.

Unknown/unspecified medical reasons.

Fractured shoulder and arm.

Fracture of the femur.

Fracture of the ribs / thoracic spine.

Less common are injuries, poisonings and other external causes combined.

Intentional self-harm.

– autumn.

Transport accidents.

The results of the study were published in the journal Nature Medicine.

Source: Express

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Angela Lee was born in Korea and raised in Alabama. She graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Journalism.

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