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Can Alcohol Consumption Increase Your Risk Of Developing Cancer?

By: Chandana Rao

Weekend is nearing and you have had a long week, so all you want to do is go out with your friends and have a couple of drinks to unwind and get rid of the week's stress.

However, how many times have you just stopped at one or two glasses of drink? Very rarely, right? That's because once you get into the "party mode", it can be hard to stop at one drink and get back home!

Especially today, most people like to go to pubs and clubs, in the cosmopolitan city, as it is no longer considered as a taboo anymore, as it was a few years ago!

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So, drinking during the weekdays or even when one wants to socialize is very popular, especially among the youngsters now.

And when one starts to drink alcohol, unlike other beverages or food, it can be hard to stop soon because the more alcohol you drink, the more intense will be the "happy high', so many people tend to drink until they pass out!

Now, if a person is drinking on the excess occasionally, it is still harmful for your health, but it may not be fatal. However, if a person does this on a regular basis, then he/she could be putting both the health and life at risk!

As we may already know, alcohol does not just harm your physiological health, it can also harm your mental health to a significant extent.

Alcohol addiction is a serious issue, which can ruin the lives and health of the users themselves and also the people around them.

Alcohol abuse can cause a number of ailments like indigestion, acidity, liver disorders, etc.

However, a recent research study has shown that consuming alcohol on a regular basis can cause cancer as well!

Have a look at how alcohol abuse can cause cancer and what type of cancer can it cause, in this article below.

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Link Between Cancer And Alcohol Consumption

As we already know, cancer is a deadly disease which is one of the worst ailments that can affect a living being, including humans.

Cancer is a disease in which there is an abnormal multiplication of the cells in the body, which eventually grow into tumours that destroy tissues and organs. In most cases, cancer can even cause death!

Some of the common types of cancer are breast cancer, lung cancer, brain tumour, blood cancer, etc. 

Cancer is a disease that can affect people of any age and gender.

The unfortunate part is that any type of cancer is curable; however, there are still many cases in which the cancer relapses and often takes the lives of the people!

Many a times, even if we do everything right, like, following a healthy diet and exercise routine, there are still chances of us being affected by cancer.

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So, having unhealthy lifestyle habits and vices such as smoking and drinking can only increase the risk of cancer!
Recently, the American Society Of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has stated that consuming alcohol on the excess, even occasionally perhaps, can surely increase a person's risk of developing cancer!

The research study further said that drinking even one glass of alcohol per day, be it any type, can increase your risk of cancer by almost 5%!

The types of cancers which are associated with alcohol consumption are breast cancer, liver cancer, oesophageal cancer, head and neck cancer, etc.

Alcohol contains a number of toxins, which can cause the growth of cancerous cells in the body and lead to their abnormal multiplication, thus increasing your risk of developing this dangerous disease.

So, in conclusion, alcohol consumption can surely increase your risk of cancer!

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Story first published: Thursday, December 14, 2017, 17:00 [IST]
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