Wednesday, February 25, 2009

New Study: A Drink a Day Increases Cancer Risk

OK, now I'm confused. Up until now, we've all heard that one drink a day was good for you but that may not be so. A new study out of the UK states that as little as one drink a day is enough to increase the risk of cancer in middle-aged women.

Here's the scary part - It has long been known that exceeding one to two drinks per day in women has been associated with negative health effects, but the results of this study highlight the fact that there really is no 'safe' level of alcohol consumption. The more you drink, the higher your risk climbs. What's really surprising is the fact that this study specifically looked at low levels of consumption and they were still able to find an increased risk of cancer. According to the study, consuming just one drink a day increased the risk of cancer in women by a minimum of 6%! Now, that's no small change!

Of course, a healthy lifestyle is all about weighing risk against benefits. One drink per day is still shown to be good for the heart and there are so many other risk factors for cancer that it's hard to keep track! If a daily drink helps you de-stress and zen out for a little while, then it's up to you to decide if it's something you're willing to risk.

Geez...these days it seems you literally have to "pick your poison"!