- Drinking alcohol has long been associated with various health hazards
- Alcohol is classified as a carcinogen by the ASCO
- Heavy drinkers of both genders increase the risk of head and oral cancers
Alcohol is classified as a carcinogen by the International Agency for Cancer Research. Approximately 3.5 percent of all cancer deaths in the US, that is about 19,500 deaths are alcohol related, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The ASCO statement also suggests that while the greater risks are seen with heavy long-term use, even low alcohol consumption or moderate consumption can increase cancer risk.
Among women, light drinkers have a four percent increased risk of breast cancer, while moderate drinkers have a 23 percent increased risk of the disease. Heavy drinkers who consume more than eight drinks a day have a 63 percent increased risk of female breast cancer because alcohol increases levels of the female sex hormone estrogen.
Therefore, it is imperative to reduce alcohol consumption to avoid serious repercussions in the longer run. While it is okay to drink occasionally (read rarely), you shouldn't be making a habit out of it.
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