Sipping on a cocktail is an easy way to melt away the stresses of your day, but it comes with a hefty price: excessive drinking is the direct cause of roughly 88,000 deaths a year . It’s estimated that alcohol decreases the lifespan of drinkers by an average of 30 years. Considering that 63% of Americans drink beer and wine regularly, alcohol-related diseases has truly become a public health concern .
Excessive alcohol consumption is known to cause cancer, particularly of the head, neck, esophagus, liver, breast, and colon. In the words of Cancer Research UK: “No type of alcohol is better or worse than another.”
That’s because alcohol (ethanol) is converted by the body into a toxic chemical called acetaldehyde. This chemical damages DNA and prevents cells from repairing themselves. It also causes faster-than-normal liver cell turnover, leaving them more prone to being damaged.
Alcohol inhibits the absorption of anti-cancer nutrients like vitamins A, B, C and D as well Folate.