Does drinking alcohol increase my risk of prostate cancer?

There has not been a large amount of research into prostate cancer and alcohol consumption. However, the studies that have been undertaken suggest a mixed picture. There is one study which suggests that there could be an increased risk from the consumption of spirits, whilst others suggest that there are no clear associations with beer or spirits.

Of particular interest has been red wine, with one research study finding that a moderate consumption of red wine had a protective effect, and another showing that there did not appear to be a link between drinking red wine and prostate cancer. The study showing a reduced risk suggests that this may be because of a compound called reservatol, which is a strong antioxidant. This does not mean, however, that men should increase their consumption of red wine, as drinking too much can have other health effects including on the liver and increasing the effects of other diseases.