Is wine a cancer risk?

Question: Is wine a cancer risk?

If you enjoy a good bottle of red with your steak or a glass of rosé in the sun, you likely read the recent studies linking wine consumption with improved heart health and breathed a sigh of relief. Or perhaps you heard that a glass a day with dinner leads to a decrease in depression?

Dozens of studies are published every year with results on both sides of the aisle. The latest study from the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research is certainly a sobering read.

The study reveals that drinking alcohol leads to an increased risk of breast cancer for women over the age of forty. Sipping just 10 ounces per day (nearly one full glass of wine) is linked to a 5 percent increase in breast cancer in premenopausal women and a 9 percent increase in postmenopausal women.

 

 “The increase with one drink a day was small, but the risk goes up from there.”

 

The study indicates that alcohol can produce cell mutations in DNA strains, which can potentially lead to cancer. “I was most surprised by the alcohol result, that risk increases at just one drink a day, on average,” Anne McTiernan, MD, PhD, told CNN. “The increase with one drink a day was small, but the risk goes up from there. So that’s why the American Institute for Cancer Research recommends no more than one alcohol drink a day for women to reduce risk for cancer.”

Knowing your limits and drinking socially or with a meal offer a balanced approach to what can be a slippery slope. Having a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise, whole foods and reduced stress all contribute to longevity and decreased risk.

To take a page from the French, tout en modération (everything in moderation)!

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