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Wednesday 26th October 2016

Alcohol speeds up ageing

22nd April 2010

Drinking can damage part of the cells that are linked to premature ageing and cancer, according to new research.

Scientists have found that it causes stress and inflammation to telomeres – the ends of DNA strands that stop them unravelling. As people age, telomere length shortens and eventually they are so damaged the cell dies. The study found alcohol accelerates telomere shortening, which is thought to also increase cancer risk. Italian researchers speculated that those with shorter telomeres due to heavy alcohol consumption would have an increased risk of cancer.


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