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You Never Expected This Drink Would Increase Your Risk Of Cancer
Another significant factor is that breaking down alcohol produces reactive oxygen species which cause cellular damage via oxidation. Alcohol has also been linked to increased levels of estrogen (a female sex hormone) and an impaired ability to absorb nutrients from dietary sources.
There are also some chemicals found in some types of alcohol which are classified as carcinogenic in their own right, including hydrocarbons, nitrosamines and even fibers of asbestos. It is believed these contaminants are introduced to the beverage during the production of the alcoholic products.
What types of cancer are you talking about?
1. Breast cancer
Remember how alcohol increases levels of estrogen in the body? Well, it turns out there is link between this and an increased risk of developing breast cancer. There have actually been over 100 epidemiological studies exploring the relationship between breast cancer and alcohol consumption in women. A meta-analysis of about half of these studies (53) found that overall, women who consumed over 45 grams of alcohol per day (around three or more drinks) were 1.5 times as likely to develop breast cancer versus those who drank no alcohol. The researchers found that for each 10 grams of alcohol consumed, there was 7 percent increase in the chance of developing breast cancer – a small, but statistically significant amount.
2. Colorectal cancer
Several studies have found a connection between regular alcohol consumption and an increased risk for men of developing cancer in the colon or rectum. A study published in a 2004 issue of Nutrition and Cancer found that men who drank one or more alcoholic drink per day had a 70 percent higher chance of developing colon cancer versus those who abstained from alcohol completely. Interestingly, it did not seem to matter what type of alcohol was consumed. All findings suggested that just alcohol itself was the main culprit.
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