One of the most common questions surrounding cancer diagnosis and treatment is whether alcohol can be the cause of cancer. We are going to answer that question in this article.
Let me start by stating that there is no definitive evidence that alcohol directly causes cancer. That said, studies have shown that alcohol does increase the risk of certain types of cancer rather substantially.
Women who consume a relatively high level of alcohol on a regular or frequent basis are 4 to 5 times more likely to have breast cancer. Other studies stated that drinking as little as two drinks a day is enough to increase the risk of breast cancer.
Alcohol use is also linked to other types of cancer, including head and neck cancer. Excessive consumption of alcohol under certain circumstances may also be the cause of liver and digestive cancer.
How much is too much?
Doctors and experts in cancer suggest no more than one drink for women and two drinks for men. That translates to 12 fl oz regular beer or 5 fl oz wine for women and twice the amount for men.
Consuming more than the suggested amount will increase your risk of cancer. Lower your consumption and alter your diet to minimize the impacts of alcohol in the long run.