Health researcher calls on NIH to retract statement about alcohol and cancer risk

A health researcher is urging the NIH to correct a statement on one of its websites on the cancer risk of alcohol that he says is in "direct contradiction with…

A public health expert is calling on the National Institutes of Health to change information on one of its websites to more accurately reflect scientific findings about the risk of alcohol. In a letter sent to NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins on Thursday, alcohol researcher Dr. Michael Siegel of Boston University School of Public Health called on NIH to retract of NIH’s National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism that says, “Drinking too much alcohol can increase your risk of developing certain cancers,” especially as it regards breast cancer.

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