We have a vague idea that drinking alcohol is bad for our health, but most of us do not take that knowledge seriously. In fact, most of us think that a few drinks here and there are actually good for our health. Almost everyone drinks. Only about 12 percents of men and 22 percents of women in America never drink alcohol. But, the latest research conducted by researchers from the Boston University School of Medicine and Boston University School of Public Health found that alcohol is one of the most important preventable contributor to deaths from cancer and there is no safe amount. Alcohol can cause cancer even in smallest quantities.
Alcohol and cancer
The findings from Boston researchers will come as a surprise to most people, as the link between cancer and alcohol is not well known. As a consequence, reducing the consumption of alcohol is rarely used as cancer prevention strategy.
It is strange that the link between alcohol and cancer is so under-emphasized, since a number of earlier studies show that alcohol consumption greatly increases our risk of developing cancers of liver, throat, mouth and esophagus. In 1993, National Institute of Health issued an Alcohol Alert warning of the increased risk of cancer for heavy drinkers. Some recent studies also show the link between alcohol and cancers of rectum, colon and breast. Only about four percent – 20,000 cancer deaths annually – of total cancer deaths are alcohol-related, but this number is not so