Is Drinking Alcohol Bad For You? Wine Too?

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Is Drinking Alcohol Bad For You? Wine Too?

Just when you thought it was safe to crack open that second bottle of wine, a new study is out that reverses the old studies that said it was okay to drink wine. Some studies indicate it might be healthy to do so.

But a new meta-study, which is being touted by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, says that drinking may increase your risk of cancer. Multiple cancers, according to this article:

…evidence that even light drinking can slightly raise a woman’s risk of breast cancer and increase a common type of esophageal cancer…Heavy drinkers face much higher risks of mouth and throat cancer, cancer of the voice box, liver cancer and, to a lesser extent, colorectal cancers…

This is not something we want to read before the holidays. But the many studies cover millions of people. Here are some of the low points for anyone reading this with a whiskey in their hand:

  • 5.8 of all cancer deaths are linked with alcohol throughout the world.
  • Just one drink a day can increase the risk of breast cancer
  • “Moderate drinking” doubles the risk for mouth and throat cancer
  • “Heavy” drinkers (eight or more drinks a week for women and 15 or more a week for men) face five times that risk.

The key takeaway; drink in moderation. So when you do drink alcohol – make sure it’s the good stuff. No need to poison your liver with stale keg beer. We’ll also keep digging for the next study that shows drinking alcohol makes you live to be 100.

-Shane M.