Drinking is something many people enjoy doing, but there have been numerous studies over the years that have linked alcohol consumption to multiple health concerns. Despite there being some studies that claim a drink every now and then is healthy, a more recent study says that drinking alcohol can cause up to 7 different kinds of cancer. You may need a drink after reading this.
The study, published in the journal Addiction, found strong evidence that alcohol can actually cause cancer in several places in your body, The different types of cancers that have been confirmed in this list include: liver, colon, rectum, female breast, larynx (throat organ), orolynx (behind the mouth), and esophagus.
The study reports that ‘in the last decade there has been more research, literature, reviews and comment on the association of alcohol consumption with cancer. In some parts of the world the scientific consensus that alcohol causes cancer has already led to more explicit consideration of cancer risk in policy-making, and programmes to increase public knowledge of the risks.’
The research also explained that the current estimate of the cancers caused by alcohol consumption make up for 5.8 percent of all cancer deaths worldwide. Scary stuff.
The study drew upon research from other institutions like the American Institute for Cancer Research, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer, and some independent studies.
The team conducted an analysis of every major study that was done over the last decade on the link between alcohol and cancer. The good news is that the risks associated with consuming alcohol are reversible. Some findings with people that quit drinkin show a reduction in the effects that could lead to cancer.
The bad news is that according to Jennie Connor, the lead researcher of the study ‘there doesn’t seem to be any threshold below which drinking is actually safe with respect to cancer.’She adds ‘so the straightforward obvious answer to your question is that no alcohol is safe, and any alcohol increases your risk of some types of cancer.’ In 2013, a study found that even light drinkers still faced an increased risk of certain types of cancer.
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