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Study: Hot tea could lead to cancer among heavy drinkers, smokers

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(Meredith/CNN) – A new study out of China suggests that people who smoke and drink heavily are more likely to develop esophageal cancer if they also drink hot tea.

The study was published Tuesday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, a peer-reviewed journal.

For the purposes of the study, excessive alcohol use was defined as the equivalent of slightly more than a 12-ounce glass of beer per day.

Here's an excerpt from the Annals of Internal Medicine on the results of the study:

During a median follow-up of 9.2 years, 1731 incident esophageal cancer cases were documented.

High-temperature tea drinking combined with either alcohol consumption or smoking was associated with a greater risk for esophageal cancer than hot tea drinking alone.

Compared with participants who drank tea less than weekly and consumed fewer than 15 g of alcohol daily, those who drank burning-hot tea and 15 g or more of alcohol daily had the greatest risk for esophageal cancer. (hazard ratio [HR], 5.00 [95% CI, 3.64 to 6.88]). Likewise, the HR for current smokers who drank burning-hot tea daily was 2.03 (CI, 1.55 to 2.67).

Experts said more research is needed to confirm the study’s complete findings.

The Tea Council of the USA said in a statement that the health benefits of tea outweigh the possible risks.

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Information for this article was provided by CNN and the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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