Recently a research study has conclusively linked alcohol consumption with seven specific types of cancer. Essentially what the report concludes is that alcohol causes cancer – it is pretty much the end of the debate. The findings are undeniable no matter which way you look at them.
This is not the view of a crazy religious sect who believe an alcohol is against the will of ‘God’ or even a goody two shoes health minister on a mission to force an improvement in the health of the poor working classes. This is a scientific piece of research that has revealed information that could save over a million lives around the world every year.
How does society respond to this research? Well, ‘fuck you, don’t you dare insult alcohol’ is the summary of what I have seen.
This is a screenshot from my personal Facebook account where people are responding to the study’s findings. As you can see it’s a mix of anger, abuse and mockery. If you are this angry about someone insulting the waste byproduct of decaying vegetable matter I think you really need to take a step back and question what is going on in your life.
Craig Beck – The Happy Sober Solution
Alcohol causes 7 types of tumors, and people drinking even low to intermediate quantities are at risk, according to new analysis.
Health specialists endorsed the conclusions and said they revealed that ministers should start more education initiatives in order to deal with widespread public ignorance about how closely alcohol and cancer are linked. The report sparked renewed calls for frequent drinkers to be encouraged to have alcohol-free days, and for alcohol packaging to carry warning labels.
Fresh analysis of evidence collected over recent years links booze in the development of breast, colon, liver and other types of cancer.
The research study, released in the scientific journal Addiction, concludes that there is more than simply a link or analytical association between alcohol and tumors that could be explained by something else. There is now sufficient reputable proof to say conclusively that alcohol consumption is a direct cause of the disease, according to Jennie Connor, of the preventive and social medicine team at Otago University in New Zealand.
” There is sturdy evidence that alcohol induces malignant tumors at 7 sites in the body and probably others,” Connor said. “Even without having total knowledge of organic mechanisms [of how alcohol causes cancer], the epidemiological evidence can support the judgment that booze causes malignant tumors of the oropharynx, throat, oesophagus, liver, bowel, anus and breast.”
Connor arrived at her conclusions after studying evaluations carried out over the past 10 years by the World Cancer Research Fund, the Worldwide Agency for Research on Cancer, the World Health Organization’s cancer body, and other reliable bodies.
Alcohol Causes Cancer: New Evidence
” The greatest threats are connected with the heaviest drinking but a considerable burden is experienced by drinkers with low to intermediate usage, due to the marketing of drinking in the populace,” Connor said. Campaigns to decrease alcohol consumption should therefore try to recommend everybody to cut down, as targeting only heavy drinkers had “restricted potential” to reduce alcohol-related cancer, she added.
In February Prof Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer for England, caused a stir by advising women that drinking alcohol could cause breast cancer. She told a legislative hearing: “Do as I do when I reach for my glass of wine. Think: do I want the glass of wine or do I want to elevate my own risk of breast cancer? I take a choice each time I have a glass.”
Davies played an essential part in drawing up new government standards on safe alcohol consumption limits, released in January, which suggested that men reduce their maximum weekly consumption of booze from 21 to 14 units, or seven pints of beer a week, which is the longstanding limit that females are advised not to exceed.
The increasing proof of alcohol’s function in causing cancer, highlighted by a report by the UK Council on Carcinogenicity, was a crucial factor behind Davies and her fellows in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland releasing guidance that some claimed was impractical and would be disregarded. Adhering to the new guidelines would help keep drinkers’ threat of cancer reduced, the advocates said.
Dr Jana Witt, Cancer Research UK’s health information officer, said: “We know that nine in 10 people aren’t aware of the link between alcohol and cancer. And this review is a stark reminder that there’s strong evidence linking the two.”
A recent CRUK study found that when people were shown a list of different cancers, only one in five of them knew that breast cancer could be caused by drinking, compared with four out of 5 people who knew that alcohol could cause liver cancer.
Many government agencies are suggesting things like ‘have alcohol free days’ but this really is avoiding the issue. No government wants to be the one to reveal the truth that alcohol causes cancer because people get very upset when you try to take away their drug of choice. However, if you are serious about reducing your risk then you should stop drinking completely rather than live through the hell that is moderation.
More information: www.StopDrinkingExpert.com
Esophageal cancer killed the actor John Thaw, but was alcohol to blame?
I missed out the Inspector Morse buzz when it was current and seeing Kevin Whatley as anything other than Nevil in Auf Wiedersehen Pet has scared me off ever trying to find out what all the fuss was about.
That was until I got delayed waiting for a flight and there was nothing else available to watch apart from an old episode of Morse. I loved it, and as is the case with most things that I get into – I wanted to know more about the writers and actors. I remembered that John Thaw had died quite young, when I discovered he had died of esophageal cancer I wondered if he had been a heavy drinker.
Surprise, surprise Thaw had been a heavy drinker all his life until 1995 when he finally decided enough was enough and he quit for good. Six years later he was diagnosed with Esophageal cancer and despite initially responding to treatment the cancer spread and he died in 2002 at the young age of 60.
Sad that such a talented man, who should still be alive today was taken by this evil drug so early in his life.
The exact way alcohol affects cancer risk isn’t completely understood. Actually, there might be several different ways it can increase risk, and this might depend upon the kind of tumor.
Alcohol is one of the leading causes of esophageal cancer
Harm to body tissues: Alcoholic drinks can act as an irritant, particularly in the mouth and esophagus. Tissues that are damaged may attempt to repair on their own, which could result in DNA changes in the cells that may be a step toward many forms of cancer.
In the bowel and rectum, bacteria can transform booze into large levels of acetaldehyde, a substance that has been revealed to trigger cancer cells in lab animals.
Alcohol and its byproducts can also harm the liver, leading to swelling and scarring. As liver cells try to patch up the damage, they can end up with mistakes in their DNA, which could result in cancer.
Effects on other hazardous chemicals: Alcohol can act as a solvent, helping other harmful chemicals, such as those in tobacco smoke, get in the cells lining the upper digestive region more simply. This might explain why the combination of cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption is much more likely to cause cancers cells in the oral cavity or esophagus than either tobacco smoking or drinking alcohol by itself. In other situations, liquor may decrease the body’s ability to degrade and eliminate some hazardous chemicals.
Lower amounts of folate or other nutrients: Folate is a vitamin that cells in the body need to remain healthy. Booze use can reduce the body’s capability to absorb folate from meals. This problem may be worse in heavy drinkers, who often do not get sufficient vitamins and mineral such as folate in their food. Low folate amounts may contribute in the risk of breast and colorectal tumors.
Effects on estrogen or other hormones: Alcohol can raise body levels of estrogen, a hormone essential in the growth and development of breast tissue. This could influence a woman’s risk of breast cancer.
Consequences on body weight: Excessive alcohol can add additional calories to the diet, which can add to weight gain in some people. Being over weight or chronically overweight is known to boost the likelihoods of many kinds of cancer.
Along with these mechanisms, alcohol may bring about tumors in other, as of yet unknown, means.
If you are worried about mouth cancer and its link to alcohol consumption you can find out how to stop drinking at the Stop Drinking Expert website.