New Study: “Moderate” Drinking Causes Cancer

An article in the Wall Street Journal provides a good response to those who insist that “moderate” alcohol consumption is good for you. See the article here . While the article acknowledge some health benefits, a new study points out that there are also negative effects, including an increased chance of cancer of the breast, liver, colon, pancreas, mouth, larynx and esophagus. Even lung cancer risks are increased whether you smoke or not. Among the findings: the risk of breast cancer starts to rise with as few as 3 drinks a week.

“The situation is somewhat similar to tobacco a few decades ago,” with drinking deeply rooted in social habits and promoted in advertising and movies, says Paolo Boffetta, director of the Institute for Translational Epidemiology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.

The whole article is worth a read.