We’ve posted before about the health issues associated with moderate drinking.
We think it’s an important topic to cover because while we think moderate drinking is a perfectly reasonable goal, it’s still not as good health-wise as no drinking at all. It’s like chocolate cake in that way. A lot is really bad; none at all is best; just a bit is in the middle, but can be easier to achieve.
But this study of historical data highlighted the cancer risks associated with moderate drinking. See the full article for more details, but here’s what we learned:
According to the research, drinking at the moderate drinking limits for women (7 a week) translated to about 10 cigarettes a week in terms of cancer risk.
That sounds alarming, but the actual percentage point increase in lifetime cancer risk is only 1%-1.4%.
The study didn’t take into account some other risk factors for cancer among the population.
Read the article and decide for yourself if moderate drinking or sobriety is for you - it’s important to make an informed decision either way!
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