CANCER KILLERS: Can A Glass of Wine A Day Give You Cancer?
How often do you enjoy a glass of wine, a pint of ale or your favorite cocktail?
Although alcohol is a social drink many people choose to enjoy, its use is closely associated to several serious health conditions—including various forms of cancer.
According to a study by the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) published in the American Journal of Public Health, alcohol is a major contributor to cancer deaths and years of potential life lost.1
Studies have illustrated that cancers of the mouth, throat and esophagus are associated with the consumption of alcohol—not to mention the devastating damage that chronic alcohol use can have on the liver.
Other studies have shown that alcohol increases the risk of cancers of the colon, rectum and breast. In a recent study, researchers found that alcohol resulted in 20,000 cancer deaths a year, accounting for about 3.5 percent of all cancer deaths in the U.S.
“The relationship between alcohol and cancer is strong, but is not widely appreciated by the public and remains underemphasized even by physicians,” says Timothy Naimi, MD, MPH, from the Department of Medicine at BUSM, who served as the paper’s senior author. “Alcohol is a big preventable cancer risk factor that has been hiding in plain sight.”
When it comes to cancer of the mouth/throat, alcohol may be implicated because it can act as a solvent, helping harmful chemicals in tobacco to get into the cells lining the digestive tract. Alcohol may also slow down these cells’ ability to repair DNA damage caused by chemicals in tobacco.2
Age may also fall into the equation.
According to another recent study, mothers who drank around two units of alcohol a day—or the equivalent of one glass of wine—in the decade after their menstrual cycles began were 34 percent more likely to develop breast cancer than those who did not drink during the same period.3
For women who do not get enough folate (a B vitamin) in their diet or through supplements, the consumption of alcohol would put them at an even higher risk. Alcohol can affect estrogen levels in the body, which may explain some of the increased risk.
It is also commonly recommended that people lower their alcohol consumption in order to decrease risks for cancer, heart disease and other serious conditions.
The Maximized Living Nutrition Plans
Maximized Living cannot recommend alcohol. The simple fact is that alcohol converts to sugar, which then wreaks havoc on the body. Obviously, dependency issues and alcoholism are also serious health concerns. Alcohol does not align with the 5 Essentials of Maximized Living.
If you choose to use alcohol, nutrient supplementation and healthy detoxification are an absolute must. Male and female drinkers alike benefit from an all-natural multivitamin derived from whole foods. By combining all the other essentials, you give your body its greatest fighting chance against alcohol and other carcinogens.
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