You Never Expected This Drink Would Increase Your Risk Of Cancer

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3. Mouth and throat cancer

Studies have shown that alcohol consumption is linked to a higher chance of developing cancer in the mouth, larynx (voice box) and pharynx (throat). This ties back to the toxic chemical acetaldehyde that was mentioned earlier. While the majority of alcohol metabolism occurs in the liver, it can begin in the mouth and throat as well, and when this metabolite is produced as a result of this process, it can increase the likelihood of developing cancer in the mouth and throat regions (it increases the chances of cancer in the liver as well). According to studies, those who consumed 50 or more grams of alcohol or more per day were two to three times more likely to develop cancer in one of these regions. This risk was significantly elevated among people who used tobacco products in addition to alcohol.

Alcohol is not radioactive. You are not guaranteed to get some form of cancer because you enjoy a beer every now and then, and indeed, some alcoholic drinks like red wine actually have some health benefits. Alcohol is not nearly as dangerous as, say, smoking cigarettes when it comes to cancer risk.


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If you lead a physically active life and eat a healthy diet low in sugars and unnatural fats, it is likely that this will more than offset the risk of enjoying a glass of whiskey on occasion. All this information means is that you should drink alcohol in moderation. Too much of anything is not good, and you probably already knew that alcohol was no exception; now you just have another reason why.

Drink and enjoy alcohol responsibly.


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One Comment

  1. Anto

    Nov 3, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    “If you lead a physically active life and eat a healthy diet low in sugars and unnatural fats,…”

    And if all you’re body’s defence mechanisms aren’t already working flat out to protect you from environmental toxins and food additives and pesticides in food and toxic people in your life and …..
    … then you can afford to have the occasional drink of alcohol.
    But, if you’re like most of us and your defences are already working up near the limit to protect you, it may be that there’s just not the capacity to remove another single cancer cell from your system, that one drink will produce the first cancer cell in the tumour that metastasises and turns you into a chemo/radio patient, and then kills you.
    Bottoms Up!