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European Love of Alcohol May Mean Greater Cancer Risk

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A study recently announced that people who drank coffee regularly were less likely to die than those who don’t indulge. Good news, yes? However, there is always a downside to these studies, especially if it involves an activity that many people find pleasurable.

The latest one concerns the consumption of alcohol among Europeans throughout the EU. Many in that part of the world, especially the French with their love of wine, seem to drink in larger quantities than the average North American.

A report issued by the United European Gastroenterology (UEG) stated that Europeans’ alcohol intake ranked as moderate. That means the average person there has 1-4 drinks per day. Unfortunately, the downside of that is these individuals are at a higher risk of both colorectal and esophageal cancer. Those who regularly have more than four drinks per day fall into the category of heavy drinkers, and they are at greater risk of pancreatic, liver and gastric cancer.

The sad thing is that reportedly 90% of people do not understand that there is a link between excessive alcohol use and cancer.

Do you drink regularly? Do you get home from work and have a glass of wine to take the edge off? Do you go out every weekend and get smashed? Do you find yourself pressured into drinking by others in your social circle?

Most medical sources say do not say to shun alcohol altogether, but they definitely advise moderation. If you find yourself reaching for some liquid comfort (or courage) on a regular basis, view this as a sign of danger. Consider the possible repercussions for yourself and your loved ones. Alcohol will not just ruin your liver and brain cells. Is it worth taking the risk in order to get some relief that can be had in safer, more responsible forms?

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