European-Journal-of-Cancer-Prevention: Association of alcohol consumption with the risk of stomach cancer in a Japanese population: a prospective cohort study

    Biological studies have provided confirmation of alcohol-related carcinogenesis in the stomach, but the association between alcohol consumption and the risk of stomach cancer remains controversial.


    We aimed to investigate whether quantitative alcohol intake is associated with the risk of stomach cancer in a large prospective cohort study among a Japanese population. Study participants included 30714 participants (14171 men and 16543 women) aged 35 years or older, who were enrolled in the Takayama study launched on 1 September 1992. Alcohol consumption was assessed quantitatively using a validated food frequency questionnaire. According to alcohol intake (g/day), male participants were classified into quartile groups: Q1, Q2, Q3, or Q4. Female participants were classified into three groups: nondrinkers, and drinkers below or above the n alcohol level. We estimated the hazard ratios and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for stomach cancer adjusted for age, smoking, BMI, education, total energy intake, salt intake, physical activity, and medical history of diabetes mellitus for each alcohol intake group using the Cox proportional hazards regression model. By the end of March 2008, a total of 678 participants had been diagnosed with stomach cancer. For men, the multivariate-adjusted HRs of stomach cancer for Q2, Q3, and Q4 relative to Q1 were 1.39 (95% CI: 1.07–1.81), 1.35 (95% CI: 1.02–1.79), and 1.38 (95% CI: 1.02–1.87), respectively. In women, no associations were observed.


    These data suggest that alcohol consumption could be associated with an increased risk of stomach cancer among Japanese men.