Even moderate drinking can boost risk of cancer

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  • TriciaCT Trumbull, CT
    Feb. 27, 2013 1:36 p.m.

    @MJ and Spag--“In the broader context of all the issues and all the problems that alcohol is related to, alcohol causes 10 times as many deaths as it prevents”...

    You are also ignoring the fact, as cited in the article, that "alcohol is a carcinogen"!

    The references you cited, MJ, were published 6-20 years ago, whereas this latest "study was the closest look at alcohol-related cancer deaths in 30 years."

    It seems that you and Spag would rather close your eyes to (or deny) the proven negatives of drinking, because you don't want to give up your habit.

    Finally, consider the heartaches and financial costs to families, and the broader society, when those who become alcoholics abuse or neglect their dependents, and are no longer employable and must be supported by others.

    MJ, to suggest that people start drinking in order to enjoy a "longer, happier life" is the height of foolishness!

  • raybies Layton, UT
    Feb. 27, 2013 7:26 a.m.

    Just a thankful mormon boy here... glad to have the Word of Wisdom! ;)

  • joseywales Park City, UT
    Feb. 25, 2013 6:11 p.m.

    Mountanman- not everyone who drinks gets drunk. So the hitting in the head with a hammer thing is a bad example. Money wise, I guarantee you that I spend less on alcohol than my neighbor does on ice cream and treats. I helped them with their weekly costco haul last saturday eve and was appalled at the way they feed their kids. Of course she had to mention that it was nice of me to leave my beer on my driveway as I walked over to help, but help I did. I lugged about 20-30 years of life sucking fat, processed, ugliness into their home for them. I'm sure glad she was worried about my one beer.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Feb. 25, 2013 1:35 p.m.

    Re: ". . . alcohol causes approximately 20,000 cancer deaths a year in the U.S. . . ."

    And that doesn't even begin to tote up the account. Alcohol-related highway deaths are about as high. Alcohol-related gun deaths add up to a similar sum. The numbers for alcohol-related misery and family destruction are much, much higher.

    Nonetheless, liberals have focused enormous amounts of time and treasure to ban "assault weapons," which are related to some minuscule fraction -- less than one-tenth of 1% -- of the numbers for alcohol-related carnage.


  • Mint Julip KAYSVILLE, UT
    Feb. 25, 2013 1:20 p.m.

    Ok, I pulled a few for you El Chango.

    Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, July 14, 2004.

    Alcohol dosing and total mortality in men and women: An updated meta-analysis of 34 prospective studies. Archives of Internal Medicine, 2006, 166, 2437-2445.

    Follow up study of moderate alcohol intake and mortality among middle aged men in Shanghai, China. British Medical Journal, 1997, 314, 18-23.

    Alcohol consumption and mortality among women. The New England Journal of Medicine, 1995, 332(19), 1245-1250.

  • Mint Julip KAYSVILLE, UT
    Feb. 25, 2013 1:15 p.m.

    @El Chango Supremo,

    It's common knowledge and has been for years. I'd post links, but Dnews won't allow it.

    However, this story and its research has already been called into question. Dr. R. Curtis Ellison, MD, Professor of Medicine & Public Health, at Boston University School of Medicine counters saying, “Physiologic studies suggest that these are not diseases of light to moderate drinkers, as a certain amount of alcohol is required to produce these diseases.” ..... “Given that almost ALL prospective studies show that regular moderate drinkers have better health as they age and LIVE LONGER than lifetime abstainers, even papers focused on the effects of alcohol on any particular disease should present a balanced view on its net effects on health and disease.”

  • El Chango Supremo Rexburg, ID
    Feb. 25, 2013 12:12 p.m.

    @ mintjulip

    "Yet it is a fact that drinkers outlive non-drinkers."

    According to what study published in what scientific journal?

    I'm calling nonsense on that one!

  • Mukkake Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 25, 2013 10:11 a.m.

    I guess its just important to know your family health history:

    History of cardiovascular issues, moderate drinking may be helpful.

    History of certain cancers, moderate drinking may not be helpful.

  • Spaghedeity Draper, UT
    Feb. 25, 2013 8:50 a.m.

    This is a very skewed-perspective article. It is akin to focusing on the fact thousands die every year from drowning when studying whether or not water is beneficial to humans.

    Yes, it is very likely that alcohol increases the rate of SOME cancers. However, it also vastly reduces the likelihood of dying from cardiovascular disease. In reality, for every moderate drinker that dies from cancer caused by alcohol, 5 moderate drinkers are saved from dying by other causes.

    The largest and most robust studies have consistently found that moderate drinkers have a lower "all cause" mortality rate than either abstainers or heavy drinkers (some studies suggest as high as 50% greater mortality for abstainers & heavy drinkers than moderate drinkers).

  • Mint Julip KAYSVILLE, UT
    Feb. 25, 2013 7:27 a.m.

    Yet it is a fact that drinkers outlive non-drinkers.

    You are going to die one way or another. You are more likely to have a longer life if you drink and a happier, more pleasant one in my opinion!

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Feb. 24, 2013 7:13 a.m.

    Why would anyone with a brain drink alcohol? Why not just hit yourself in the head with a hammer everyday, the effects are about the same and think of the money (and the cancer) you could save?

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Feb. 23, 2013 7:31 p.m.

    That's OK. Neither the church nor the threat of cancer, which seems to come with all aspects of being alive, will keep me from enjoying beer moderately. A saying, often incorrectly attributed to Benjamin Franklin, goes 'beer is proof that god loves us and wants us to be happy'. Good saying; sounds kind of Franklinesque.