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According to the results of a new study, heavy drinking — three or more drinks a day — can raise a person's risk of developing lung cancer, while having a higher BMI and consuming lots of black tea and fruit can lower one's risk of the disease, reports The Times of India. The researchers — who presented their study at the CHEST 2011 annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians this week — analyzed data from 126,293 people provided between 1978 and 1985, and who were followed until 2008. Of the 1,852 people in that cohort who developed lung cancer, the researchers found that while cigarette smoking remains a strong predictor of lung cancer, heavy drinking also increased risk, the Times says. The risk was slightly higher for beer drinkers than for wine and liquor drinkers. The team did not see a relationship between moderate drinking and lung cancer development, however. The researchers also found an inverse relationship between BMI and lung cancer risk, independent of smoking, the Times adds.

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