alcohol abuse and cancer


A recent report surprisingly links alcohol abuse to Cancer. Health experts have found that alcohol plays a role in the contributing to breast, liver, colon and other types of cancer. The scientific journal, Addiction, has recently published information from the Alcohol consumption as a cause of cancer study that shows there is more direct relationship between alcohol abuse and cancer.

The risk alcohol abuse plays in cancer development

The study according to Jennie Connor from the Otago University preventive and social medicine department contains credible evidence. It shows the direct influence alcohol plays on an individual contracting a cancer. Major factors of how cancer and alcohol are related takes form in the dose-response relationship. And the risk is higher for those who consume more alcohol. However, there are still a considerable amount of cases that occur in low to moderate drinkers as well.

This recent study has shed light on the direct effect alcohol has on the body in creating cancer. The seven sites associated with alcohol consumption and cancers are oropharnx, larynx, oesophagus, liver, colon, rectum, and female breasts. It also shows supporting evidence that alcohol abuse contributes to skin and pancreatic cancer.

What can you do to prevent this?

The best thing to do is to stop drinking completely. The best cure to this problem is abstinence. If you do find that you cannot resist the urge to drink Dr. Jana Witt, a Cancer Research information officer suggests this.

“Have some alcohol-free days each week. It’s a good way to cut down on the amount of alcohol you’re drinking or you can swap every other alcoholic drink for a soft drink. You can also choose to drink smaller servings or less alcoholic versions of drinks.”

-Jana Witt

In Connor’s research it was also found that those who gave up drinking were able to reverse the risks of laryngeal, pharyngeal and liver cancer. For a healthy and safe future cutting down on excessive drinking or imbibing on the recommended limits is the best course of action for a healthy life.