Alcohol Raises the Risk of Getting Cancer
The recommendations on alcohol may leave you stumped on whether or not you should imbibe. While red wine has been tied to lower rates of certain heart disease risk factors, drinking a lot of alcohol is associated with multiple types of cancer, including head and neck, breast, esophageal, liver and colorectal cancers, per the NCI. It may be particularly important to drink less (or abstain) if you’re worried about or at a higher risk for breast cancer. Drinking more than one alcoholic drink (that’s 2 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of liquor) has been associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, and the risk goes up even higher the more you drink, according to the University of Texas MD Anderson Center.
It’s possible heavy drinking may interfere with the body’s ability to absorb important antioxidants, such as vitamins A, C and D, according to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse. People who drink a lot of alcohol may also be more likely to eat fewer fruits, vegetables and whole grains, which are associated with lower disease risk.
It’s best to stick with the current recommendations of no more than two drinks per day for people AMAB and one for people AFAB. If you know you are at a higher risk for breast cancer, it’s better to abstain altogether.