Alcohol Consumption Could Lead to Increased Cancer Risks, study says

Dry January encourages people to eliminate alcohol from their lives.

A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine has concluded that stopping the consumption of alcoholic beverages can significantly lower the risk of various types of cancer.

Dr. Mike Cusnir, Chief Oncologist at Mount Sinai Hospital in Miami Beach, highlighted that even consuming just a single glass per week can heighten the risk of several non-liver-related cancers. This echoes the study's findings, encompassing beer, wine, and hard liquor, which collectively indicate that there's essentially no safe amount of alcohol.

Dr. Cusnir emphasized that prior beliefs about the risk associated with one daily drink failed to consider that complete cessation of alcohol consumption could bring the risk down to that of non-drinkers.

The study specifically links alcohol consumption to seven types of cancer:

  1. Oral cavity
  2. Esophagus
  3. Larynx
  4. Colorectum
  5. Breast
  6. Pharynx
  7. Liver

Dr. Cusnir further warned that combining alcohol with other substances, such as smoking, escalates the cancer risk even further. He stressed the significance of the data, pointing out that the simple act of abstaining from alcohol could reverse this heightened risk.

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