Researchers say that three or more drinks, whether it is beer, wine or other spirits, equally raise odds of developing breast cancer in women by 30%.

Earlier studies did confirm a link between alcohol consumptions and elevated breast risk cancer; however, it hasn’t been clear how much alcohol raised the risk and whether one type of alcohol boosted that risk more than another.

The researchers looked at the drinking habits of more than 70,000 women. All of them had undergone health exams during the years 1978 to 1985 and by 2004, more than 2,800 women were diagnosed with breast cancer. After adjusting the women's drinking habits to the incidence of breast cancer, researchers realized that the women who drank one or two alcoholic drinks a day increased their risk of breast cancer by 10 %. The risk rose as the drinking rates increased.

The increase in risk was the same for all types of beverages. It made no difference if it were wine, beer or liquor, it’s the alcohol itself and the amount consumed.

No difference in risk has been found between red and white wine, although some previous research has found red wine to be more heart-protective. This heart-protective role has been linked to the presence of antioxidant flavonoids in red wine.

Researchers say that the best advice for women interested in minimizing their breast cancer risk is: “Modest consumption of anything” is the right way to go.