The Cancer and Alcohol Link

The Cancer and Alcohol Link

Cebu : Philippines | Sep 14, 2012 at 10:22 PM PDT
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Skooter reporting 09/15/12

Most of us do not think enough about cancer when we choose to consume alcohol. That is the key message coming from a new study that provides absolute truths that many of us would choose not to mull over. But the best health advice that most us knew or shall we say, taken from a motherhood statement, is to drink alcohol only in moderation. The latest study underscores some problems with current guidelines on "sensible drinking."

According to researchers’ conclusions, these guidelines are based on the short-term effects of consuming alcohol, like for instance, social and psychological problems or admissions to hospital. They do not look at the specific relationship between alcohol and cancer.

Excluding breast cancer and possibly colon cancer, a rise in cancer risk is linked directly with heavy drinking. Too many a drink is a key risk factor for stomach cancer and liver cancer. Still, the picture here is blurry, because many studies have brought to mind that moderate drinking leads to a lower risk of all-cause death than non-drinkers.

Additionally, many diseases such as cancer affect the elderly much more than younger people. Many believed that cardiovascular protection and other possible benefits of low, regular doses of alcohol like for instance, less dementia, late onset diabetes, etc., are almost certainly to appear in older age groups. For adults in middle age and above, the positive effects of alcohol may overshadow the negative but then again, only in moderation.

Yes, by the way what is "moderation”? For a woman, one drink a day is sufficient. For a man, two a day is good enough. When you go beyond the suggested dose, the healthy effects are gone and the further you go over those limits, the more negative consequences become a reality.

On top, smoking appears to be a factor in cancer's linked to alcohol. Smoking has massive effects in digestive-related cancers and the lack of tobacco smoking, moderate alcohol intake may not exert such a strong risk of cancer. One study indicated that certainly increasing alcohol intake was linked to many cancers, but only in current smokers.

Over many decades data have proven that unnecessary or irresponsible alcohol use has severe unfavorable health effects, including a rise in the risk of certain cancers. On the other side, moderate drinking is linked with a lower risk of heart disease and many other conditions. The protective effects of moderate alcohol dinking have been shown in many experimental studies.

Our mentor Jeff Jurmain said the problem is, for too many people, it is difficult to keep oneself to a glass or two and that I agree. He added that if you believe you drink more than is healthy, it is time to go beyond the old adage that you are hurting your liver, and start to bear in mind that you are increasing your cancer risk.

One phrase used in ads couldn't be more important: Please drink responsibly.

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