A study has shown that there’s a simple, and perhaps more effective, way to prevent people from drinking chicken drinker.
Researchers from the University of Sussex have found that people who drink chicken drinkers regularly, and who also don’t drink a lot of beer, have a 40% lower risk of developing liver cancer.
Drinking beer is also associated with a lower risk for liver cancer, but drinking a lot more is associated with an increased risk.
The research, published in the journal PLOS One, found that there were significant differences between people who drank more than five glasses of chicken drink or a chicken drink, or had a drink more than three times a week, or who drank four or more times a day.
The researchers say the study shows that drinking more chicken drink may not be as harmful as previously thought.
“Our findings are encouraging,” said lead author Dr Paul Tuff, from the School of Chemistry.
He added: “This is not necessarily a good thing because if people have more than 5 glasses of a drink they should not have any risk of liver cancer.”
The study involved 9,049 people aged over 65 in the UK who were followed up for an average of 12 years.
They were followed over two decades.
In the five years before they were tested, they had been drinking four to six glasses of beer a week.
During the 12-year follow-up period, the average number of chicken drinks consumed per week was one.
Drinking a lot less than this was associated with the lowest risk of a liver cancer diagnosis.
The researchers also looked at the risk of getting a liver infection during the 12 years following the 12th drink.
About 15% of people tested developed a liver injury in the 12 months before the drink.
The participants also had to take part in the NHS Longitudinal Study on Liver Disease.
The study found that men who drank less than five chicken drinks per week had a 20% lower rate of developing cancer than those who drank five or more.
Women who drank between five and six chicken drinks a week had the lowest rate of a cancer diagnosis compared with women who drank seven to nine drinks a day or more and men who consumed more than nine chicken drinks.
Drinkers who had a lower consumption of chicken were more likely to have a lower incidence of liver disease.
Dr Tuff said: “The research has shown some very interesting results and it’s certainly something that needs further investigation.”
The research was funded by the Natural Environment Research Council.