Drinking Alcohol Can Lead to 7 Kinds of Cancer

Alcohol has long been a subject of  controversy as it seems to offer both benefits and adverse effects, unfortunately it is in the news this time for a bad reason.

Drinking alcoholic beverages can raise the risk for seven types of cancer, a new study finds. even those who drink moderately are not spared from this risk.

Drinking alcoholic beverages can raise the risk for seven types of cancer, according to a new study. Even moderate drinking is linked with a higher risk.

The cancers include head, neck, esophageal, liver, colorectal and female breast cancer, according to the analysis of existing studies looking at the association between drinking and cancer. The findings are published in the journal Addiction.

It doesn't appear to matter whether the alcoholic beverage is wine, beer, or hard liquor. The risk increased the more a person consumed, what the author called a "dose-response relationship."

Connor noted that cutting out drinking might help in some cases.

"There is some evidence of reversibility of risk in head and neck and liver cancers when consumption ceases," she wrote.

The analysis confirms what is already known about alcohol and cancer, Dr. Susan Gapstur, vice president of the Epidemiology Research Program at the American Cancer Society told CBS News.

Health officials suggested that the alcohol-cancer connection might spur regular drinkers to try cutting back.

"Having some alcohol-free days each week is a good way to cut down on the amount you're drinking," Dr. Jana Witt, of Cancer Research UK, told The Guardian. "Also, try swapping every other alcoholic drink for a soft drink, choosing smaller servings or less alcoholic versions of drinks, and not keeping a stock of booze at home."

The study also found that the risk of certain mouth and throat cancers was even higher among people who both smoked and drank alcohol.

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