The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has released a statement (open, DOI: 10.1200/JCO.2017.76.1155) (DX) discussing the links between alcohol consumption and cancer:
The statement provides evidence of a connection between light drinking and an increased risk of esophageal and breast cancer. Heavy drinkers face a much longer list of risks, including mouth cancer, throat cancer, cancer of the voice box, liver cancer, and colorectal cancer. That's a whole lot of cancers.
"The message is not, 'Don't drink.' It's, 'If you want to reduce your cancer risk, drink less," said Dr. Noelle LoConte, lead author of the statement. "And if you don't drink, don't start." She says this "subtle" take on the issue is somewhat less cautionary than the warnings about smoking. But the message rings the same.
The doctors behind the statement aimed to draw attention to what they view as a public health problem and advocate for a push towards better education and research.
Also at Medscape and ASCO (shorter press release).
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(Score: 2) by PartTimeZombie on Friday November 10 2017, @01:17AM (3 children)
And then there's me. I like a drink too, but in moderation and not daily.
I don't give flying fuck what that study "provides evidence of" I like to have a couple of nice beers while I'm watching sport on TV a couple of times a week.
My life would not be as much fun if I stopped, so I'm not going to stop.
(Score: 3, Touché) by Ethanol-fueled on Friday November 10 2017, @01:24AM
Life will be fun if you do what I did, embrace sobriety and Jesus*.
* Also, racism
(Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 10 2017, @03:29PM (1 child)
Spoken like a closeted alcoholic or somebody with mental problems.
I haven't had a drink in over 15 years and unless you've got a really fucked up social life, it is indeed possible to go years without drinking and still have plenty of fun. Alcohol is a crutch and by no means necessary to have a good time.
The things alcohol does are mostly things that can be classified as unnecessary and undesirable, it's just that there's all these people claiming that being drunk is fun, when really they mean that their lives suck and they need to forget.
(Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 10 2017, @04:29PM
welcome to the u.s.