To drink or not to drink? That is the question.
I must admit all these new studies about the benefits and negative effects of each and every food and drink I like makes my head spin. They said alcohol is good for your heart but now new findings state that it actually leads to increased risk for cancer. So what should one do? I guess it depends on whether you’re more afraid of a heart attack or getting cancer!
Seriously though, even moderate amounts of alcohol leads to increased cancer risk. According to Oxford University researchers women that drank more than 2 alcoholic beverages a week increases their risk by 2% while those that had 7 to 14 drinks a week increased their cancer risk by 5%. And alarmingly those that drink 15 or more alcoholic beverages a week increase their cancer risk by up to 15%!
So what does this mean? According to doctors what it means is that you shouldn’t use the healthy heart excuse to drink lots of alcohol because they now how the cancer rebuttal. At the same time according to Dr Alan Kristal of the Cancer Prevention Program at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, moderate alcohol intake is acceptable since the benefits to the heart outweighs the increase in cancer risk. Remember moderation is the key. So keep to the American Cancer Society’s recommendation and limit your alcohol intake to one drink a day for women and a couple of drinks a day for men.