Light drinkers have the lowest combined risk of getting cancer

TUCSON, Ariz. - You might know the saying "an apple a day keeps the doctor away", but a new study says a little bit of alcohol might do the same.

A new study finds that light drinkers have the lowest combined risk of developing cancer and dying prematurely. The risk is even lower than people who don't drink at all.

The study is published in the scientific journal PLOS Medicine.

In this study, "light" drinking is defined as one to five drinks per week.

The study adds to the evidence that cancer risk may rise when people drink more than one drink per day, but the increase isn't extreme.

Moderate drinkers in the study had about a 10 percent increased risk of getting cancer.

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