Alcohol Could Increase Risk of Cancer

by: cancercompass

Believe it or not, the holidays are just around the corner. For most this means heavy meals complete with rich desserts and a plethora of cocktails. But you might want to reconsider ordering that next beer or opening that second bottle of wine. As Paula Goodyer of The Sydney Morning Herald points out, alcohol is a Class 1 carcinogen and a well-established cause of cancer.

"There's significant evidence now that alcohol is carcinogenic, and we considered it important, to advise people of the risks associated with drinking more than two standard drinks a day," says Neil Guard, Executive Director of the WA Drug and Alcohol Office.

One by-product of alcohol metabolism is the toxin acetaldehyde. The toxin is supsected in tumor development. And beyond that, according to the Cancer Council, alcohol is thought to cause three to 12 percent of breast cancers.

Some believe that a little bit of alcohol can actually be good for the body. Take the old myth that a glass of red wine is good for the heart, for example. That's why an ad by the Alcohol - Think Again Campaign advises to stay at a low risk level of cancer and other alcohol related disease – have no more than two standard drinks on any one day.

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