Thanks for that Gary. It was as I feared: not very strong evidence. I guess the asumption of causation means that for the familiar equation:
error = random + bias + confounding effects
all sources of error are gone except random?
What a carry on.
Most things can cause cancer. The 2 principle reasons for cancer are : 1 physical damage to body, 2 failing bio-repair systems. Since most things can cause physical damage, then most things can cause cancer. Some more than others. Alcohol can cause physical damage, notably to the liver, so it can cause cancer.
I've seen private eye and this website try to mock this 'everything causes cancer' because the mass media spin the cancer meme for scaremongering. But its a simple truth, just like 'everything causes damage' if its shot at you at 200mph.
Yes, 200mph … rather makes the well known point that it’s the dosage, not the poison that kills you. I might enjoy a small glass of whiskey every day. My life, my pleasure. However if I was guzzling a bottle of the stuff every day then I might not be around for long.
Most well rounded sane adults already know that life is dangerous. But I will not live my life wrapped in cotton wool on the evidence of epidemiologists, who often portray very marginal correlations as cause, when in fact they are recording no more than statistical noise.