According to a study from China, drinking, burning hot tea along with heavy tobacco and alcohol use increases your chance of developing esophageal cancer.
The latest study was published in online journal Annals of internal medicine. The study was conducted among 45,000 people of the age from 30 to 79 by following their tea drinking preferences. The study followed these people for 9 years. The questionnaire to the participants for the study included the lifestyle choices such as alcoholism and tobacco use.
Drinking alcohol and use of tobacco are already known reasons for cancer in human beings. The study found that people who were in the habit of drinking hot tea on a regular basis along with excessive indulgence in alcohol and smoking increased their cancer risk by fivefold.
The excess alcohol use is defined as using more than 15 grams of alcohol every day. China stands first in the list of countries with the highest rate of esophageal cancer.
After the new study was published, Peter F. Goggi, President of the Tea Association of the USA, issued a statement showing the health benefits of tea. He said in his statement that the tea council of U.S confidently restates that tea has more health benefits than doing. He said that alcohol and tobacco remain the main causes of esophageal cancer.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer has already found that any hot beverage above 149 degrees is probably carcinogenic.