World's Leading Cancer Doctors Say People Need to Drink Less Alcohol

Leslie Hanson
November 13, 2017

Cancer specialists and researchers from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), released a statement this week, that drinking alcohol is linked with cancer.

Alcohol is not the only important factor to consider when trying to reduce your cancer risk - your genes, exercise regimen, and exposure to pollutants can play a role, too.

The aim of the statement was to improve public education and awareness regarding alcohol abuse and some cancers.

According to ASCO, 5-6% of new cancer cases and cancer deaths worldwide are directly related to alcohol.

"A meta-analysis that focused exclusively on cancer risks associated with drinking one drink or fewer per day observed that this level of alcohol consumption was still associated with some elevated risk for. oropharyngeal cancer and breast cancer", the authors wrote.

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has never before formally addressed the link between alcohol and cancer, but is now underscoring the importance of controlling "high-risk" alcohol consumption to reducing the risk of cancer.


According to Time, co-author of the research Noelle LoConte said the result was an opportunity to officially declare the negative relationship between alcohol and cancer.

"We're not saying no one should ever drink at all - we're just saying if you do drink, even trying to keep it down to less than one drink a day would be a smart choice", Alice Bender, a registered dietitian who is the head of nutrition programs for the AICR, told Business Insider in May. Research highlighted by the National Cancer Institute suggests that the more alcohol you drink - particularly the more you drink regularly - the higher your risk of developing cancer. "Associations between alcohol drinking and cancer risk have been observed consistently regardless of the specific type of alcoholic beverages".

Liver cancer is caused by cirrhosis, which is in turn caused by drinking.

Alcohol, Dr LoConte says, 'interferes with the absorption of folate, which is a critical step in the development of colon cancer'. Alcohol has been shown to increase estrogen levels, thus putting women at greater risk of breast cancer.

Everyone likes to have a glass of wine or a pint of beer once in a while, and some like to drink everyday. LoConte says this statement wants to put across a simple message, "Drinking in moderation is fine, but if you don't drink, don't start".

But if you drink more than that, all hope is not lost. 'If you move from a "heavy drinker" to a "moderate drinker" your risk of all of the cancers does go down'.

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