Can one alcohol drink daily raise my risk of cancer?
Despite headlines that extol the heart health virtues of red wine, new research from the Million Women Study suggests that 13% of cancers – breast, mouth, throat, rectum, liver, and esophagus – could be linked to alcohol consumption. Though the women who were the heaviest drinkers were at highest risk, the study suggested that even one drink daily, most days of the week, was associated with increased risks.
Though the risks are small for limited alcohol consumption, one should monitor how much alcohol you choose to drink and be aware of the current studies. Always accompany wine with food, which helps the liver to process alcohol more slowly and helps to possibly reduce liver damage over time.
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