Having a taste of alcohol when visiting Europe is standard, since it’s an accepted custom in essentially every country on the continent. However, research by some European doctors has discovered that going beyond the acceptable limits when it comes to imbibing such liquids appears to be happening with greater frequency in this part of the world. It is something that could lead to a greater incidence of cancer, due to the carcinogens in alcohol.
Doctors at the United European Gastroenterology issued a report on July 3 that indicated that a heightened risk of cancer of the esophagus and colon could be the byproduct of the average European’s propensity to have anywhere from one to four drinks a day.
Their research indicated that 20 percent of the continent’s population over the age of 15 has over four alcoholic drinks in a single setting at least once per week, putting them in the heavy drinking category.
Three years ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a report that nearly 25 percent of all those deaths attributed to gastrointestinal diseases were the result of drinking alcohol. More ominously, they’re expecting both the number of diagnosed cases and deaths to jump by over 50 percent by 2030, though smoking remains one of the largest red flags.
The average European drinker imbibes 11.2 liters per year, which is roughly two drinks every day. Lithuania holds the dubious distinction of leading the world by averaging 3.2 drinks per day, compared to the next closest areas of Poland and the United Kingdom, which average a full drink per day less.
Seeking to drop from the top spot, the Lithuanian government is raising the drinking age to 20, ending overnight alcohol sales and ending any alcohol advertising. These new rules will take effect when the calendar turns to 2018.