How Harmful is Alcohol Consumption?

How Harmful is Alcohol Consumption?

Drinking a single alcoholic beverage with dinner may have seemed harmless in the past, but recent research states otherwise.
Some "health experts" have claimed that a glass of wine once a day can do the body good, but it's time to reconsider this advice, as recent research states otherwise. According to a new report released by the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund, consuming one glass of wine or another alcoholic drink a day can increase one's risk for premenopausal breast cancer by 5 percent, and postmenopausal breast cancer by 9 percent. Alcohol's Cancer Influence Additionally, beyond limiting alcohol consumption, the researchers found that women who participated in vigorous activity like running or bicycling reduced their risk for both pre- and postmenopausal breast cancers. Ann McTiernan, Ph.D., the lead author of the report and cancer prevention expert at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research, said that this study's results can be a learning tool for women. "With this comprehensive and up-to-date report the evidence is clear: Having a physically active lifestyle, maintaining a healthy weight throughout life and limiting alcohol – these are all steps women can take to lower their risk," she said. Breast cancer isn't the only type of cancer caused by drinking alcohol, however. According to the National Cancer Institute, alcohol consumption is a major risk factor for the following types of the disease:
  • Head and neck.
  • Mouth and throat.
  • Esophageal.
  • Liver.
  • Colorectal.
Drinking excess alcohol increases your risk for multiple cancers.Drinking excess alcohol increases your risk for multiple cancers.
Research published in the American Journal of Public Health stated that nearly 3.2 to 3.7 percent of all U.S. cancer deaths were related to alcohol in 2013. How Else Does Alcohol Impact Your Health? Drinking excess alcohol doesn't only increase your risk for developing certain cancers. It can negatively impact your overall health in many ways, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Here are a few examples of how alcohol can take a toll on your wellness:
  • Impairs judgment and coordination.
  • Heightens your risk for stroke and high blood pressure.
  • Increases your chance of developing pancreatitis.
  • Contributes to weight gain.
  • Weakens the immune system.
By following the Hallelujah Diet, you'll find ease in eliminating poor habits, such as drinking alcohol, with God's help. Join us on the path to better health today!

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