It has been known for a long time that excessive intake of alcohol can contribute to different forms of cancer, and the more a person drinks, the bigger the risk. The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer recently released their 2014 World Cancer Report, and the study shows alarming connections between even light alcohol intakes and various forms of cancer.
The report is based on analyzing 222 studies comparing 92,000 light drinkers with 60,000 non-drinkers with cancers, and attributes a large number of cancer deaths with light drinking.
Should those who like a glass of wine with their dinner be worried?
Maybe. Some studies claim that any amount of alcohol can increase the risk of cancer, but participants in the studies might be underestimating the amount they actually drink. This means that studies where alcohol consumption is self-reported might see connections between cancers and light to moderate drinking when the real alcohol intake is much higher.
We do know that alcoholic beverages can contain at least 15 carcinogenic compounds, and the risk skyrockets when someone drinks and smokes. Many consider this the ultimate combination, providing great pleasure, but avoiding cigarettes and alcohol can prevent up to 80 percent of oral cancer cases and 90 percent of laryngeal cancer cases.
Know your family history
Women with a family history of breast cancer should be extra careful. Women in general are advised not to drink more than one alcoholic beverage per day, and even this low amount may increase the risk with an extra 15 cancers per 1,000 women.
We do not serve alcohol on our trips, but clients are welcome to have wine or a mixed drink with their dinner at a restaurant of their choice.