TIL the safest level of drinking alcohol is none, it can cause cancer even in small amounts

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  1. “P.S. 2: Acetaldehyde in your booze & hard liquor is up to 140 times more than fruit juice. A litre of wine has 35 times more acetaldehyde compared to fruit juice. Plus acetaldehyde is one part of the problem, ethanol itself is another carcinogen.”


    So if i drink 35 times more Fruit Juice than wine, I should end up with cancer then?

  2. I’m not even interested in drinking normally, but there is so much popular media that glorifies it that I find myself craving something I don’t even like. I understand its role dramatically, but it’s not even that, it’s just everywhere.

  3. According to The Global Burden of Diseases study, which analyzed levels of alcohol use and its health effects in 195 countries from 1990 to 2016 (published Lancet 2018) [11]:

    “the safest level of drinking is none,” “This level is in conflict with most health guidelines, which espouse health benefits associated with consuming up to two drinks per day.”

    All alcoholic drinks, including red and white wine, beer, and liquor, are linked with cancer. The more you drink, the higher your cancer risk. If you have cancer, drinking alcohol will accelerate the metastasis. [1][2][7]

    Why YSK? Because **the health benefits of alcohol are mostly untrue** [3], unfounded & quite **similar to the bogus health benefits of cigarettes** (that the tobacco industry bought & paid for [9]) or how the sugar industry misled the world by shifting the blame to fats [10]. No, **red wine isn’t the only drink that can make your heart slightly healthier**, you can get the same benefits from pomegranate or grape juice without the risk of cancer.

    When you drink alcohol, your body breaks it down into a chemical called acetaldehyde. Acetaldehyde damages your DNA and prevents your body from repairing the damage. DNA is the cell’s “instruction manual” that controls a cell’s normal growth and function. When DNA is damaged, a cell can begin growing out of control and create a cancer tumour. **Acetaldehyde & Ethanol from alcoholic drinks are both Group 1 carcinogens**. [2]

    Big alcohol is a multi-trillion dollar industry & will do anything in its power to sell you the prestige & amazing effects of alcohol while suing local governments who even try to add a health warning to alcohol bottles. [8] They have been misleading the public for years. [4][5][6][7][11]

    Today, nobody denies smoking causing cancer but that was quite a different story a few decades ago.

    **Women are the latest target of big alcohol**, they are being targeted by misleading health benefits and fake trends. [12]

    There is strong undeniable evidence of alcohol (even in moderation) causing cancer, including but not limited to [2]:

    **Esophageal cancer:** Alcohol consumption at any level is associated with an increased risk of a type of esophageal cancer called esophageal squamous cell carcinoma.

    **Head and neck cancer:** Moderate to heavy alcohol consumption is associated with higher risks of certain head and neck cancers.

    **Liver cancer:** Heavy alcohol consumption is associated with approximately 2-fold increased risks of two types of liver cancer

    **Breast cancer:** Epidemiologic studies have consistently found an increased risk of breast cancer with increasing alcohol intake. 

    **Colorectal cancer:** Moderate to heavy alcohol consumption is associated with 1.2- to 1.5-fold increased risks of cancers of the colon and rectum compared with no alcohol consumption.

    **References & further reading:**

    1. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IARC_group_1](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IARC_group_1)
    2. [https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/alcohol/alcohol-fact-sheet](https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/alcohol/alcohol-fact-sheet)
    3. [https://www.npr.org/2018/08/24/641618937/no-amount-of-alcohol-is-good-for-your-health-global-study-claims](https://www.npr.org/2018/08/24/641618937/no-amount-of-alcohol-is-good-for-your-health-global-study-claims)
    4. [https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanonc/article/PIIS1470-2045(21)00279-5/fulltext](https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanonc/article/PIIS1470-2045(21)00279-5/fulltext)
    5. [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4590626/](https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4590626/)
    6. [https://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/4363466/1/Final%20accepted%20version%20Petticrew%20How%20alcohol%20industry%20organisations%20mislead%20the%20public.docx](https://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/4363466/1/Final%20accepted%20version%20Petticrew%20How%20alcohol%20industry%20organisations%20mislead%20the%20public.docx)
    7. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcohol_and_cancer](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcohol_and_cancer)
    8. [https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/alcohol-warning-labels-cancer-1.6304816](https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/alcohol-warning-labels-cancer-1.6304816)
    9. [https://www.cnn.com/2017/05/24/health/gallery/tobacco-health-claims-history/index.html](https://www.cnn.com/2017/05/24/health/gallery/tobacco-health-claims-history/index.html)
    10. [https://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/13/well/eat/how-the-sugar-industry-shifted-blame-to-fat.amp.html](https://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/13/well/eat/how-the-sugar-industry-shifted-blame-to-fat.amp.html)
    11. [Alcohol use and burden for 195 countries and territories, 1990–2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016 – The Lancet](https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(18)31310-2/fulltext?code=lancet-site)
    12. [https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/female-drinking-on-the-rise-as-alcohol-companies-target-women-1.1301479](https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/female-drinking-on-the-rise-as-alcohol-companies-target-women-1.1301479)

    **P.S. 1:** No, **saying everything causes cancer is a trick by cancer-causing industries**. Carcinogen groups have different degrees & probability of link to causing cancer. Alcohol is in Group 1 which is the highest degree of certainty with more than enough evidence for a direct link. Some other Group 1 carcinogens are asbestos & smoking.

    **P.S. 2:** Acetaldehyde in your booze & hard liquor is up to 140 times more than fruit juice. A litre of wine has 35 times more acetaldehyde compared to fruit juice. Plus acetaldehyde is one part of the problem, ethanol itself is another carcinogen.

    **P.S. 3:** No, **I don’t think alcohol should be illegal**, **there’s proof that even hard drugs need to be legal but the public needs to be informed at the same time to know what they are subjecting themselves to**.

    **P.S. 4:** We don’t talk about methanol because it can kill you right away, like 30 ml or a shot of it is lethal! [https://www.methanol.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/FAQ-on-methanol-poisoning-treatment-20160322-EN-general.pdf](https://www.methanol.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/FAQ-on-methanol-poisoning-treatment-20160322-EN-general.pdf)

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