FOX NEWS - Sipping vino has been linked to everything from a reduced risk of heart disease to more weight loss success. But a new study suggests one health outcome may depend on your preferred variety of the beverage.
The study, published in the December issue of the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, drew a link between an increased risk of melanoma among people who drank any alcohol, but they observed the clearest association of those two factors among daily white wine drinkers.
Researchers at Brown University drew data from three prospective cohort studies involving 210,252 participants who were followed for a mean of 18.3 years, according to a news release. The studies involved food frequency questionnaires that determined how much alcohol the subjects drank. They defined a standard drink as 12.8 grams of alcohol.
Overall alcohol intake was linked with a 14 percent increased risk of melanoma per drink per day, researchers observed. However, beer, red wine and liquor did not significantly affect melanoma risk, while a daily glass of white wine was linked with a 13 percent increased risk of melanoma.