A Kaiser Permanente study suggests that drinking a glass of wine a day lowers the risk of a condition that increases the rate esophageal cancer by up to 4,000 percent.
The study of nearly 1,000 adults in California indicated that men and women who drank one or more glasses of wine a day were 56 percent less likely to develop Barrett's esophagus, which affects 5 percent of the population. Those who have Barrett's suffer from acid reflux that permanently damages the lining of the esophagus and can lead to esophageal cancer.
The rate of esophageal cancer is increasing rapidly and researchers are trying to find a solution to Barrett's. The study confirms the findings of independent research in Ireland and Australia.