New research into the effects of alcohol on the body highlight an increase in the types of cancer directly caused by its consumption. For decades there has been an established association between the two, namely in liver cancer, however this newest investigation now shows that alcohol can cause cancer in seven different sites.
This new study consolidated results from over ten years of research, analyzing the data from comprehensive reviews undertaken in the last 10 years by the World Cancer Research Fund and American Institute for Cancer Research, the International Agency for Research on Cancer and the Global Burden of Disease Alcohol Group.
Findings from the meta-study, published in Addiction journal, show a direct connection between drinking and an increased chance of getting cancer of the oropharynx, larynx, oesophagus, liver, colon, rectum and female breast. When alcohol is consumed, the yeast interacts with the bad bacteria in the body, often promoting the growth of disease-causing Candida albicans in the gut. Alcohol also is shown to cause significant damage to DNA, as it breaks down into a toxin that interferes with a cell’s ability to mend itself.
“Current estimates suggest that alcohol-attributable cancers at these sites make up 5.8% of all cancer deaths world-wide,” researchers conclude, adding that “The highest risks are associated with the heaviest drinking, but a considerable burden is experienced by drinkers with low to moderate consumption, due to the distribution of drinking in the population.”
Binge drinkers are most commonly targeted in the media as being more unhealthy than those who have an occasional drink. This conclusion implies otherwise while also suggesting that there is no tangible proof of moderate alcohol consumption can prevent cardiovascular disease.
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