The Dangers Of Drinking Alcohol
Commentary: One day people are told to drink a glass of red wine a day for its benefits to the human body and the next week people read or hear that researchers are advising drinking alcohol is a major contributor to cancer deaths.
It's my personal opinion that people don't know exactly what reports to believe and they should definitely do some research to keep themselves up on the latest health reports. I try to research every new thing about items of interest to keep people informed and up-dated but it's impossible for me to keep-up with it all.
People sit back with the feelings it's okay to drink a moderate alcohol consumption as suggested by doctors to prevent heart disease, strokes, and that it could help to reduce the development of diabetes but then a few weeks or months later it is announced on Washington CBS Local News that after 30 years, Researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Timothy Naimi has closely looked at alcohol and cancer deaths.
Dr. Naimi stated, "When it comes to alcohol consumption and cancers, excessive drinking is the riskiest type of drinking; but, when it comes to cancer, there is "no" safe level of alcohol consumption."
Also, Naimi stated, "Even what some people would consider moderate amounts are important risk factors for some cancers."
This research also concluded alcohol resulted in approximately 20,000 cancer deaths annually and this accounted for approximately 3.5 percent of all cancer deaths in the U.S.
I appreciate all these reports but I must confess it can be confusing and that people need to be aware that they must take the precautionary actions to keep themselves informed about important information concerning their health.
The news report also noted previous studies show alcohol consumption uis a risk factor for cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus and liver; and more recent studies proved alcohol increases the risk of cancers of the colon, rectum and female breast. This is truly valuable information and people does need to digest the information but keep themselves informed to know it's safe for them.
Dr. Naimi warns us, "Alcohol is a big preventable cancer risk factor that has been hiding in plain sight."
Barbara Kasey Smith is the sole writer of this article.
Washington CBS Local News
Tags: Opinion , Lifestyle , Alcohol , Cancer
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