We all know that a glass of beer or a red wine is good for our health, right? But, you’ll be shocked when we tell you that a recent study has discovered that your daily glass of beer or wine may not be so innocent after all! Take a look at the article below and find out more about this.
Ladies and gentlemen – the relation between alcohol and cancer can no longer be denied! This study has discovered a link between alcohol consumption and 7 different types of cancer, including breast, colon, and liver cancer. The study review, which is published in the scientific journal Addiction, examined 10 years of research conducted by the World Cancer Research Fund, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the World Health Organizations cancer body, and more, according to the Guardian.
The lead author of the study, Jennie Connor, said:
“There is strong evidence that alcohol causes cancer at seven sites in the body and probably others … Even without complete knowledge of biological mechanisms [of how alcohol causes cancer], the epidemiological evidence can support the judgment that alcohol causes cancer of the oropharynx, larynx, esophagus, liver, colon, rectum and breast.”
The experts suggest that women should stick to 1 alcoholic drink per day or less, while men should stay below 2 a day. 1 drink is equivalent to 12 oz. of beer, oz. of wine or 1.5 oz. of spirits. And yes, going over this limit has its consequences: Chugging down 3.5 drinks can double or triple your risk of mouth, pharynx, larynx and esophagus cancer. It can also increase your risk of colon, rectum, and breast cancer by 1.5 times.
The experts also warn that all alcoholic drinks are loaded with ethanol, which is broken down by your liver and the bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract into acetaldehyde, a genotoxic carcinogen. This toxic substance prevents your cells from repairing themselves and even causes faster-than-normal liver cell growth, which can lead to improper gene expression in these new cells.
The process of digesting alcohol also generates reactive oxygen species (free radicals), which the damages DNA, proteins, and fats within your body and can cause cancer to develop. Alcohol impairs nutrient absorption, including vitamin A, folate, carotenoids, which are important for DNA production and maintenance. Alcohol also has the ability to increase hormone levels, which can lead to estrogen-sensitive cancers like breast and ovarian cancer. And, one more thing – the processes that create alcohol also creates harmful substances like nitrosamines, asbestos fibers, phenols, and hydrocarbons.