Researchers at Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute studied 61,000 Swedish women over a 15 year period.
Those who drank beer with at least 2.25 percent alcohol content at least once a week had twice as many cases of stomach cancer, compared to those who drank weaker or no beer. The effect was limited to beer; there was no corresponding risk from other alcoholic beverages.
On the other hand, the study found that one way to counter stomach cancer is to eat carrots. Among those who ate at least three portions of carrots a week, the chance of getting stomach cancer was reduced by 57 percent.
There was a similar effect from eating leafy vegetables.
The study is presented in the new issue of the journal “Cancer Epidemiology and Biomarkers”.