Many working men and women particularly those who are social tend to enjoy a moderate drink after a long day of work. Moderate drinkers are supposed to be unaffected by the negative consequences of alcohol consumption, right? Wrong! A new study finds that alcohol consumption is linked to 7 cancers and moderate drinkers are no exception. The study is published at Society for the Study of Addiction listed certain cancers such as oropharynx, larynx, esophagus, liver, colon, rectum and breast in which alcohol consumption has a role to play.
In addition, researchers lead by Jennie Connor cited a figure linking alcohol consumption resulted in approximately half million deaths related to cancer in 2012, which roughly equates to 5.8% of total cancer deaths worldwide.
There is strong evidence that alcohol causes cancer at seven sites in the body and probably others. Current estimates suggest that alcohol-attributable cancers at these sites make up 5.8% of all cancer deaths worldwide. Confirmation of specific biological mechanisms by which alcohol increases the incidence of each type of cancer is not required to infer that alcohol is a cause.
Jennie Connor of preventative and social medicine department at Otago University in New Zealand who is also the lead author of the study said they found clear evidence that confirms alcohol consumption has a direct cause of the disease, in this case, the 7 cancers mentioned.
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.
Aside from the 7 cancers mentioned, Jennie Connor also added that there is an increasing proof that alcohol consumption can also cause other cancers including pancreatic, prostate, and skin cancers. Current evidence also suggests that there is no strong link that moderate drinking is good for reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Those at high risk are people engaged in heavy drinking consuming 5 units a day can have up to 40% higher risk. But moderate drinkers are no exception and researchers recommend cutting down alcohol consumption.
On the other hand, one study researchers at Seoul National University Department of Internal Medicine found that alcohol binging can lead to gastric cancer.
One downside of the study conducted and lead by Jennie Connor as she admitted is that the research has limitations especially the data the rely on came from people who self-reported their alcohol consumption. Unlike studies in a controlled environment, individuals may declare they’re consuming less alcohol than they actually do, which is normal.
Jennie Connor also added that they didn’t find the exact mechanism on how alcohol causes cancer. Scientists believed it is due to the compound in alcohol that breaks down during its consumption and contributes to cancer formation.
In a different study, researchers found that alcohol along with processed meats and obesity cause stomach cancer.
Alcohol has clear negative outcomes on health. Even without these studies, it’s obvious alcohol is doing something bad for us. Now, it may not bad for a moderate and occasional drink, but few people are doing that. Many men and women from all walks of life make the habit of drinking alcohol daily. Even by just drinking alcohol below or within the minimum recommendations, it can still be harmful in the long run when done daily.
So, observe how your body reacts to it and how do you feel after drinking. Most of the times, alcohol provides a boost in mood, but only for a short period and you crashed. If you trade that short-term boost in your mood with long-term side effects, you’ll suffer in the long run. It’s like maintaining a small deposit in the bank but done regularly. In the end, you’ll be able to accumulate what you’ve deposited. The same is true with health. Small things that hurt our body may seem not have apparent effect instantly, but in the long run, it can take a toll.
Additionally, it’s not just alcohol that needs to be minimized significantly, or even eliminated, but smoking, as well. The majority of people who drink alcohol also smoke, and this just compounds health issues including high blood pressure, low testosterone and erectile dysfunction in men, or in short, it ruins one’s sexual health and even performance in both work and between the sheets.
For people who smoke and drink, it’s also common to sleep deprived. Alcohol, although many people claim it make them fall sleep, it’s not really what it’s doing to the body. Having a good quality sleep means you feel better when you wake up. This is not the case when one sleep due to alcohol consumption. Doing this consistently is sure ticket to developing metabolic conditions like obesity and diabetes.
Fortunately, it’s too late to make certain lifetyle changes towards a healthier and an ideal approach in tackling life everyday. This is particularly true for people who are already affected with cancer.