Thursday, September 27, 2007

Scientists report alcohol (from any drink) increases cancer risk

Proverbs 23:31-32: "Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly! In the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper."

I don't drink and nobody in my family does for biblical reasons. Apparently God is smarter than us and scientists just figured it out today.

Science Daily — One of the largest individual studies of the effects of alcohol on the risk of breast cancer shows that it makes no difference whether a woman drinks wine, beer or spirits (liquor). It is the alcohol itself (ethyl alcohol) and the quantity consumed that increases breast cancer risk. In fact, the increased breast cancer risk from drinking three or more alcoholic drinks a day is similar to the increased breast cancer risk from smoking a packet of cigarettes or more a day, according to Kaiser Permanente researchers Yan Li, MD, PhD and Arthur Klatsky, MD.

1. Science Daily
2. Associated Press

Final notes:
Yes, a small amount of red wine is good for the heart. But let's complete the sentence: "Good for the heart, hurts the liver, kills the brain, increases cancer risk." Nice.

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