Breast Cancer Risk Climbs With Alcohol Intake
It sounds scary: women who drink as few as three drinks a week have a moderately increased risk of breast cancer. Next question: how moderately? Next answer: less moderately the more you drink. HealthDay reports that researchers at Harvard Medical School who looked at 30 years of data from 106,000 women found that women who reported drinking 5 to 9.9 grams of alcohol daily (less than half an ounce a day or the equivalent of three to six glasses of wine weekly) were 15 percent more likely to develop breast cancer than women who never or rarely drank alcohol. Women who drank more — about two glasses of wine, or 30 grams of alcohol, daily — had a 51 percent increased risk of breast cancer. The Boston Globe reports that risks increased by 10 percent for every 10 grams of alcohol consumed daily. That’s equal to a little less than one 12-ounce bottle of beer, a 4-ounce glass of wine, or a shot of whiskey. Hmm. Enough to make you reconsider drinking? Let us know in the comment space below.