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Study links alcohol to increased risk of cancer
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Long-term ill-effects of drinking are well-known and the cancer prevention committee of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) confirms this. It establishes a strong link between light drinking and the risk of breast and esophageal cancer in women. The review published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology also affirmed the role of heavy drinking in increasing susceptibility to other types of cancers, such as liver cancer, throat and mouth cancer, colorectal cancer and cancer of the voice box.

According to the published review, even one drink a day heightens premenopausal breast cancer risk by 5 percent and postmenopausal risk by 9 percent. The paper was published after an extensive analysis of already published data, which made the researchers conclude that nearly 5.5 percent of all the novel cases of cancers and nearly 6 percent of cancer-related deaths across the world can be attributed to alcohol.

The paper was published with a view to:

  • disseminate public information and promote awareness regarding alcohol abuse
  • promote and implement evidence-based strategies to prevent excessive use of alcohol
  • educate oncology providers about alcohol consumption and treatment complications
  • screen the areas warranting research to understand the association between alcohol consumption and risk of cancer

Multiple surveys have reflected that alcohol consumption is on the rise in the United States — among women, across different age groups, racial minorities, and rich and poor but unfortunately, only a handful of adults can identify alcohol as a risk factor for cancer, as reported by a survey conducted by ASCO, comprising more than 4,000 adults.

Tips on cutting down alcohol intake

Given the potential risks associated with alcohol consumption, one should quit drinking or reduce the intake gradually. To begin with, one can try the following strategies to build resistance:

  • Keeping track and setting goals – Keeping a track of the number of drinks one consumes on daily or weekly basis through a pocket diary, mobile notepad or calendar marking can help one reflect upon the extent of the intake. A person can set a goal of not taking more than three drinks a week and then tapering off gradually.
  • Avoiding triggers – If certain places, things or people can trigger the impulse to reach out for a drink, one should be prepared in advance with a coping mechanism. Avoiding such instances which serve as reminders and maintaining the company of sober friends are good ways to show resilience.
  • Visiting alcohol-free bars – Abstinence doesn’t mean ending one’s social life and stop enjoying. One can visit bars where alcohol is not served. These are some of the best places for networking and socializing with people as they share the same goals.
  • Reaching out for help – If none of the self-help strategies work, then one must contemplate visiting a health care professional who can suggest a holistic treatment plan to lead a sober life.

Raising a toast to recovery

Alcohol consumption can completely mess up a person’s life from all the quarters. It can affect the physical and mental health, finances, relationships, social life and even career. People addicted to alcohol often indulge in risk-taking behavior like driving under the influence, unsafe sexual practices and other criminal activities. By choosing an alcohol-free life, one can be a loving partner, responsible family member and a good professional.

Sovereign Health of Texas empathizes with people suffering from addiction to any kind of harmful substances, including alcohol. The clinicians working at our alcohol addiction center in Texas provide evidence-based treatment to patients in accordance with their needs. You can contact our 24/7 helpline 866-399-5740 or chat online with one of our representatives to learn more about alcohol addiction treatment center in Texas.

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