Cancer Study: Alcohol May Increase Risk

Before you order that second drink with dinner, consider new research that your overall cancer risk may increase with every additional alcoholic beverage.

That’s the conclusion of European researchers who studied the medical records and drinking habits of more than 350,000 people. Their findings were published online in the British Medical Journal.

About 10 percent of cancers in men and 3 percent of cancers in women may be associated with drinking alcohol, according to the study.

Previous studies have looked at alcohol’s relationship with cancer.

The American Cancer Society recommends limiting consumption for women to one drink per day. For men, it’s two drinks. People who do not drink are urged to not start.

According to the ACS, alcohol use has been linked to increasing the risk for the following types of cancer:

While studies have shown that drinking small amounts of alcohol may decrease your risk of heart disease, authorities at the American Cancer Society say this is not a good reason to start drinking.

This new European study concerning cancer underscores that.

If you’re trying to decrease your risk for heart disease, try exercising and eating a diet low in saturated and trans fats. Do not smoke and maintain a healthy body weight.

Sources: British Medical Journal, American Cancer Society

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