Not all alcohol is created equally, but there is a correlation between high-alcohol consumption and cancer. Here are the main types of alcohol drinks and the alcohol content they contain:
Beer: 3-7% alcohol
Wines, sake: 9-15% alcohol
Liquor or distilled spirits: 35-40%
Research evidence shows that the more alcohol a person drinks regularly over a period of time, the higher their risk is of developing an alcohol-related cancer.
People who consume more than 3.5 drinks per day have at least 2-3 times greater risk of developing cancers of the head and neck, such as cancer of the oral cavity, throat and larynx. Other cancers that can be caused by excessive alcohol consumption include esophageal, liver, colorectal and breast cancer.
In a breast cancer study, women who drank 3 drinks per day or more had a 1.5 times the risk of getting breast cancer than nondrinkers. The Million Women Study in the United Kingdom provided another, rather alarming, estimate of breast cancer and alcohol: every [less than] 1 drink of alcohol consumed per day was related to a 12% increase in the risk of breast cancer.
Again, there are elements that have a negative effect on our health that are out of our control. Smoking and alcohol consumption are not those elements. We are in complete control of our use of tobacco and alcohol.
Life is meant to be enjoyed. Yet, it’s important to choose our vices wisely, and always in moderation.