I booze only a little, only during parties, just once in a week….., etc., all these are the answers we hear out from most of the alcohol consumers today. All such people should know that they are still at high risks. A new study revealed that drinking alcohol is directly linked with at least seven types of cancer.
The alcohol-cancer study published in the scientific journal Addiction strongly evidenced that alcohol consumption can be a cause of at least seven different forms of cancer. According to the reports, the News Zealand researchers of the study reviewed ten years’ of data from agencies that include the World Cancer Research Fund. Besides liver cancer, researchers found that drinking alcohol could lead to cancer of the colon, rectum, breast, oropharynx, larynx, and oesophagus.
“The highest risks are associated with the heaviest drinking but a considerable burden is experienced by drinkers with low to moderate consumption,” states Jennie Connor, Author of the study. She also said that there is no safe level of drinking in case of cancer. “There is some evidence of reversibility of risk in head and neck and liver cancers when consumption ceases,” added Jennie.
According to the reports Live Science claims that the consequences of consuming 50 grams of alcohol per day i.e., about 2.6 beers or approximately three 6-ounce glasses of wine, effects 4 to 7 times higher risk of cancer in the mouth, pharynx, larynx, and esophagus, and a 1.5 times higher risk of the others, compared to consuming no alcohol at all. So, the risk increases when consumed more, and another important thing is it doesn’t matter whether it is wine, beer or hard liquor.
Well, researchers aren’t clear about how alcohol leads to cancer, but acetaldehyde, a compound formed during drinking alcohol damages the DNA of cells in the mouth, throat, oesophagus, and liver. The suggestion is to check the family history of cancers, smoking history and the risk of heart attacks too.
“It’s a good opportunity to remind people of the link between alcohol and cancer and that limiting consumption is always better,” Dr Susan Gapstur, VP of the Epidemiology Research Program at the American Cancer Society in a statement to CBS News.