It's the holidays! For some that means a bit of overindulgence of cocktail weiners, meatballs, cheese and crackers, summer sausage, shrimp, cookies, pies, brownies, candy, peanut butter fudge, and of course, a libation or two.
But according to researchers at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas, even a small increase in alcohol can increase a person's risk of developing cancer.
"Research shows that drinking even a small amount of alcohol increases your chances of developing cancer, including oral cancer, breast cancer and liver cancer," Clare McKindley, clinical dietitian in the Cancer Prevention Center at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, said in a statement. "Researchers are still trying to learn more about how alcohol links to cancer, but convincing evidence does support the fact that heavy drinking damages cells and increases the risk for cancer development."
According to Businessweek, experts recommend sticking to one drink for women and two drinks for men. This equates to 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of liquor. They also recommend avoiding drinks that are high in calories, such as eggnog.
One final suggestion is to skip the alcohol all together. McKindley recommends a cocktail-like beverage of club soda and lime.
What do you think of the research? Do you believe in the old saying "everything in moderation", or will you be skipping the eggnog all together this year?