Regular alcohol consumption linked to increased cancer risk

Here we go again. Now it appears that if you’re a regular to heavy drinker, you have more chance of developing cancer. And not just a single type, either. Alcohol has been linked to cancer of the breast, liver, colon, pancreas, mouth, throat, larynx, esophagus, and (recently) lungs.

For some of these cancers, such as lung, larynx and colorectal, the cancer risk only sets in when people drink heavily—three or four drinks a day on a regular basis. But just one drink a day raises the risk for cancers of the mouth and esophagus, several studies show.

And the risk of breast cancer starts to rise with as few as three drinks a week, according to the U.K.’s Million Women Study, one of more than 100 studies linking alcohol consumption and breast cancer.

Wall Street Journal: Raising the Chance of Some Cancers With Two Drinks a Day (‘ware the WSJ.com paywall!)

Will this make me drink less beer? Probably not. Just like when there was a study that showed that moderate consumption of alcohol reduced the risk of heart disease, I didn’t start drinking more.

In all things: moderation.

2 thoughts on “Regular alcohol consumption linked to increased cancer risk

  1. The WSJ article doesn’t exactly provide the type of deep analysis needed to make a proper determination one way or the other.

    Is the take-away here “moderation”? Does the same rule of thumb apply to cigarette smoking? Drug use?
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