Alcohol Consumption and Breast Cancer – The Link

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Casual drinking is on the rise with young women, with many marketers targeting them specifically in their advertising. The media glamorizes the virtues of drinking red wine specifically, with some studies even linking it to decreased heart attacks and lowered blood pressure. However, while these studies show good news on some fronts, in the case of breast cancer, the news is all bad. Two alcoholic beverages a day actually increase your chances of breast cancer by up to 21%.

Although packed with antioxidants and with the ability to lower blood pressure, the actual alcohol content in red wine limits its ability to have any effect on blood pressure and health.
This means the only way to derive the beneficial value of red wine is to only drink the non-alcoholic kind. No longer will your overt concern for heart health be an excuse for your best-intentioned vino tendencies.


Did you know?
The World Health Organization lists alcohol as a group #1 carcinogen alongside asbestos, formaldehyde and tobacco? There have been clear and direct links made between all of these chemicals and various human cancers.


Many breast cancer associations (like the one listed below) are now specifically releasing ads mentioning the links between this seemingly innocuous carcinogen and breast cancer. Nearly 40% of breast cancers are preventable through lifestyle changes.

Our article is meant to bring awareness to the fact that while you may be shopping in the organic aisles of your food mart and trading in your skincare for all-natural products, the drinks after work may be putting all of your efforts to shame.





Canadian Breast Cancer Association


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