Alcohol, no matter how it fuels fun nights out with friends, has plenty of risks. Getting intoxicated can lead not just to sticky situations, but regular intake of alcohol can also increase your risk of cancer.
It’s not just excessive drinking that you have to be careful of, though. Even light to moderate drinking, around one drink a day for women, can increase your risk for cancer.
This finding stems from two studies done in the United States on over 100,000 participants. While alcohol intake has been found to be associated with a number of cancers, the link is clearest with breast cancer.
Alcohol and breast cancer have a connection. That said, if you regularly drink, you’re upping your chances of developing the condition in the future. This claim can be misleading though, so to sort things out, here are a few things you might want to keep in mind:
- There is plenty of evidence suggesting that alcohol increases the chances of breast cancer.
- Drinking alcohol does not mean you will develop breast cancer right away. It only means that your chances of developing it are higher.
- How much you drink over time is what increases this said risk.