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Alcohol is harmful and increases the risk of cancer

Alcohol is harmful and increases the risk of cancer

It doesn't matter which drink you choose to drinkAny amount of beer, wine or alcoholic beverages increases the likelihood of developing certain types of cancer. This risk depends on the dose, that is, it increases with increased alcohol intake.

When we drink alcoholic beverages, the liver metabolizes ethanol into acetaldehyde, which is toxic to the body and carcinogenic, because it causes damage to DNA that can cause certain cells to grow into disarray and form tumors.

It is important to highlight that there are other factors that can make people more or less susceptible to cancer, such as sedentary lifestyle, obesity, diet, age, smoking, and of course genetics.

Therefore, to explain someone's increased risk of developing a particular disease, individual factors must always be taken into account.

For those who do not want to stop drinking, moderate alcohol consumption is recommended as a harm reduction strategy, which the CDC has defined as one or fewer drinks per day for women and two or fewer drinks per day for men.

Eight or more drinks per week for women and 15 or more drinks per week for men is considered excessive and abusive alcohol use; Four or more drinks for women and five or more drinks for men on one occasion is also harmful to health.

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