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Alcoholism May Increase Cancer Risks

We all know that alcoholism and excessive drinking can lead to long term health problems. Typically issues can occur within the liver, but new research is showing that there could be cancer risks as well.

The website Philly Voice shared some stats from a research report prepared by The American Cancer Association. Interestingly, that data claimed that even light drinking could lead to legitimate issues.

The study itself monitored people who “casually drink” over a 10 year period. Of that set, it was shown that cancer risks increased by as much as five percent. And that only accounted for those who have one drink per day. Now imagine chronic alcoholics, who consume heavy liquor on a frequent basis.

The cancers that were called out were esophageal and gastrointestinal, with specifics such as a oral cancer, stomach cancer and gallbladder cancer. Not surprisingly, liver cancer was also flagged as a concern.

Males and females were examined separately. Within that study, it was shown that breast cancer risks increased for women and prostate cancer risks increased for men.

Study author Masayoshi Zaitsu shared some conclusions on the report’s official website. He also called out that drinking can lead to other health problems that elevate the cancer risks.

“Drinking alcohol is a contributor to the overall cancer burden,” Zaitsu explained. “There are other possible mediating variables to consider as well, that are potentially linked to alcohol consumption and might explain alcohol‐related cancer risk. They include hypertension, hyperlipidemia, diabetes, hyperuricemia, and obesity.”

Certain behavioral traits were also highlighted among the “casual” set. They included cigarette smoking and a possible lower income level, which may influence particular drinking habits.

Unfortunately, it is an undeniable fact that excessive drinking can shorten a person’s life. Whether it’s cirrhosis, heart attacks or now cancer, it is nearly impossible to live a long, full life if you’re battling the disease of alcoholism (and let’s not forget the suicide risks and drunk driving tragedies associated with this issue).

At Valley Recovery Center, we are always available to help conquer this devastating issue. With it being the holidays and all, we also understand that there may be even more urges to hit the bottle. If you’re looking to make a healthy change, please do not hesitate to reach out.