An alcohol-cancer link more people should know about


By pH health care professionals

A drink after work, drinks with friends, drinks at yet another wedding -- it’s safe to say that there’s always an occasion to lift your glass. You know all about drinking responsibly, and you’d never dream of getting behind the wheel when you’re buzzed.

But have you ever thought about the long-term consequences those drinks may have on your health?

Sorry to be a buzz kill, but researchers are starting to raise some red flags, pointing to alcohol’s strong link to at least seven cancers.

Most recently, a New Zealand researcher named Jennie Connor wrote in the journal Addiction about the “unclear and conflicting messages in the media,” and through her own analysis, sought to “clarify the strength of the evidence for alcohol as a cause of cancer.”

She reviewed and summarized the research on the topic, concluding that there is strong evidence that alcohol causes cancer at seven (or possibly more) sites in the body. They are: cancer of the oropharynx, larynx, esophagus, liver, colon, rectum and breast. What’s more, she wrote that current estimates suggest alcohol is responsible for 5.8 percent of all deaths from these cancers.

Be proactive and think before you drink!

Enjoy Your Healthy Life!

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