Heavy beer drinkers may want to think about before pulling a cold one out of the fridge.
Bottoms up could lead to belly up.
New research shows that people who guzzle down two to three beers (or more) consistently over a period of years have a 75 percent increased risk of gastric cancer.
People those who have the gene variant called rs1230025, but aren't heavy drinkers, have a 30 percent higher risk of gastric cancer, compared with people who drank less than a beer daily, the study showed.
The gene variant is common and is present in about 20 percent of the general population
Scientists can't say for sure if beer was the precise cause.
Wine and hard liquor did not carry the same gastric cancer risks.
Health News Daily writer Amanda Chan writing in MSNBC reports that the study was presented April 4th at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research.