Alcohol Consumption May Reduce Risk Of Developing Myeloma – Results from a recent retrospective study suggest that alcohol consumption may be associated with a reduced risk of multiple myeloma. The researchers analyzed data from 1,567 myeloma patients and 7,296 healthy individuals from a number of treatment centers across the world that are part of the International Multiple Myeloma Consortium. Their findings show that people who ever drank alcohol had a lower risk of multiple myeloma compared to those who never drank. This association was true for all types of alcoholic beverages (beer, wine, and liquor) that the researchers examined. However, the researchers did not find any relationship between the frequency of alcohol consumption or cumulative intake of alcohol and the rate of myeloma. The investigators note that this is the largest investigation so far of the relationship between alcohol consumption and multiple myeloma. However, they caution that their findings need to be confirmed by prospective studies. For more information, please see the study in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention (abstract).