May 2009 Issue
Balancing Alcohol’s Unique Mix of Health Benefits and Health Risks
The controversy over alcohol rages on. Researchers found out long ago that moderate consumption, especially of wine, can benefit the heart. But they also found out that, in women, even moderate alcohol can raise the risk of breast cancer. Now, several seemingly conflicting studies may only add to the controversy. EN offers perspective on the issues. More Bad News. New findings from the Million Women Study of 1,280,296 middle-aged women in the U.K. reveal that for every 1,000 women who drink one alcoholic beverage a day, there are about 15 additional cancers that wouldn’t have developed otherwise. The increase included breast cancer and cancer of the rectum and liver. The findings were the same regardless of the type of alcohol consumed.
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