When top cancer experts issued a statement earlier this month it made headlines. The news came as a shock. According to a recent article he vast majority of people were not aware that there is a connection between drinking alcohol and getting cancer. The most up-to-date research even has heart doctors saying the opposite of the old “wine is good for your heart” line. Now every top doc says: “it’s best not to drink alcohol.” At all? The studies show that even light drinking causes cancer and is even not good for heart health.
Perhaps just as surprising is what doctors call moderate and heavy drinking. One drink each day is what is termed moderate drinking. For men, moderate drinking is twice that. Heavy drinking is defined as three or more drinks a day for women or eight drinks per week. For men, heavy drinking is having at least four drinks a day or fifteen every week. Drinks are also probably much smaller than people realize. A drink equals one twelve-ounce beer that is 5% alcohol. For beer of higher alcohol content then a drink is less than twelve ounces. Five ounces of wine (less than half the volume of a beer!) is also one drink. For hard alcohol a drink is 1.5 ounces of 80 proof liquor (less for higher proof!).
There is a Connection Between Drinking Alcohol and Getting Cancer!
On top of this new information, doctors and scientists said that the more someone drinks, their odds of getting cancer go up by startling amounts. Cancer risks can vary between four and 500 percent depending on the type of cancer. It also depends on whether someone is a light, moderate, or heavy drinker. The bottom line is that nondrinkers have a better chance of surviving cancer than those who drink any alcohol. So, then what if someone stops drinking? Does this lower their chance of getting cancer? Yes, but only if they stay stopped for several years.
So, if you think that you may be drinking too much, and you want to get healthy, now is the time! It’s never too late to take care of yourself.