(Natural News) You may want to rethink about downing another bottle of beer. Scientists have confirmed that alcohol increases the risk of getting cancer. Research revealed that frequent alcohol drinkers are more prone to contract cancers of the oral cavity and pharynx, esophagus, larynx, breast, liver, colon or rectum, and stomach.
Several studies were conducted aiming to establish the link between the deadly disease and alcohol consumption. It was found that consuming more than 3.53 oz of alcohol daily could lead to the development of cancer in the body.
On the other hand, scientists have discovered that a moderate consumption or not more than two glasses of alcohol does not have any relation to cancers of the colo-rectum, stomach, ovary, and prostate. However, heavy drinkers or those who consume more than two glasses daily are exposed to higher risks of getting the aforementioned types of cancer.
Body under the influence
Alcohol intake leads to several bodily activities that cause more harm than good. When under the influence, the body goes through a process called oxidation. During this process, the human body generates chemically reactive molecules that contain oxygen and damages the DNA, protein, and lipids.
Aside from oxidation, alcohol hinders the body's ability to break down and absorb nutrients that can help lower the risk of cancer. These nutrients include vitamins A, C, D, and E, vitamin B complex, and carotenoids.
Moreover, alcohol boosts the production of estrogen in the blood – a hormone linked to breast cancer. Carcinogenic contaminants such nitrosamines, asbestos fibers, phenols, and hydrocarbons are also found in alcohol.