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2014-04-22 at 14:57

Risky drinks

Dr. Mark Henderson, regional vice-president Cancer Care Ontario, says their findings show that risks for different cancers substantially increase when the recommended limit of two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women is exceeded
Matt Vis,
Dr. Mark Henderson, regional vice-president Cancer Care Ontario, says their findings show that risks for different cancers substantially increase when the recommended limit of two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women is exceeded
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By Matt Vis,

THUNDER BAY -- That second or third glass of wine with your dinner could be a fatal mistake.

That’s according to Cancer Care Ontario, which has released a report after finding that as many as 3,000 new cancer cases in the province are linked to alcohol consumption.

Dr. Mark Henderson, regional vice-president Cancer Care Ontario, says their findings show that risks for different cancers substantially increase when the recommended limit of two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women is exceeded.

“It’s a warning to everybody that alcohol in moderation is a good thing, but alcohol in excess is a danger to your health in several different ways,” Henderson said.

“It’s now apparent that too much alcohol is associated with excess cancers in the population.”

While between 10 to 25 grams of alcohol per day has been identified as the barometer in the report, the report says there is no safe amount of alcohol to prevent those risks from increasing.

The report states people who overindulge are at close to an 80 per cent increased risk for developing oral cavity and pharynx cancer, between 40-50 per cent more risk of esophageal cancer and nearly 20 per cent higher risk of liver cancer.

Henderson added other studies have indicated a higher instance of strokes has been linked to excessive alcohol consumption.

He also takes aim at what he believes is a misconception surrounding red wine, that people believe having a glass per day receive health benefits.

Rather, he says, there are a lot more disadvantages than advantages.

“If I come across a patient who is a teetotaler or has a very minimal alcohol consumption I don’t recommend they start drinking for the supposed benefits of alcohol consumption,” Henderson said

“It seems the more we study alcohol we find the more about it’s deleterious effects and the less we can show there are beneficial effects from drinking alcohol.”

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Arch Stanton says:
People who do not drink do not live longer.....

4/23/2014 9:53:40 AM
Big Al the Peoples Pal says:
years back they didn't know cigrits were bad fer ya , and diet? I mean no one counseled you on it.
So now after an open heart, diet counseling , lots of change! Even kicked those darned cigrits and this??
Lord take me now!
wait... just a two beers!
...Ok take me now.
4/23/2014 11:48:57 AM
CanadaLynx says:
Keep in mind that this study ONLY SUGGESTS that there is an increased risk for various cancers if you overindulge. It doesn't mean that drinking more than two drinks per day CAUSES cancer. It can only be concluded here that there is an association between drinking alcohol in excess and increased risk for cancer. It could be that those who also drink in excess ALSO tend to smoke more cigarettes, and that this might better explain the increased cancer risk. Or that those who drink in excess also tend to engage in other unhealthy behaviours that put them at greater risk. If the researchers didn't measure other health behaviours (and it's unclear if they did based on what is being reported here) it would be difficult to know what might be actually be contributing mostly to this increased risk.

I'm not advocating or defending drinking to excess here. However, I am advocating for better controlled scientific research - or at least better reporting of it.
4/22/2014 7:41:29 PM
dockboy says:
Remember the song, "We're here for a good time, not a long time."
4/23/2014 8:32:39 AM
Eastender says:
Just like it took a long time for people to realize cigarettes were killing them, it will take even a longer time for people to realize booze is not glamorous.

Its time to educate the public as to the harmful effects of alcohol, especially to the fact that you dont need booze to have a good time.

Try being sober at a party where everyone else is drunk, it becomes boring very quickly, except for the drunks.

Thank you Dr. Mark Henderson for speaking out.
4/22/2014 6:29:05 PM
joey joe joe jr. shabadoo says:
alcohol? someone is actually saying alcohol is bad for you & causes issues for your body??...hmmmmm so odd.....yet the LCBO thinks otherwise im sure.
Make booze illegal....FIN!
4/23/2014 5:31:48 AM
mystified says:
Something is gonna get us all in the end. Now they are saying Soya is one of the worst things to eat if the product is made from unfermented Soy Beans.
They said caffeine was no good for you but now they are saying it has health benefits.
What needs to be done is for someone to put a stop to GMO in our food and the hormones they pump into farm animals. I know people who drank heavily everyday of their lives and lived into their late 80's. It's the garbage they put into our foods that is the problem and cancer is big business so they won't release the cure that has been announced on the news many times.
4/22/2014 9:06:58 PM
oscarmyerweiner says:
You can get cancer from potato chips, walking outside in the sun and countless other ways. I don't mean to offend anyone and I have also lost those that I love to cancer but what is your point here. Why don't you figure out a cure instead of finding out what can "possible" cause cancer. Maybe the rise in cancer is from cell phones and wireless internet, who knows and who's really going to stop using them. I don't see any point in living if I can't enjoy a bag of potato chips while having a couple beers watching the grass grow outside in the sun.
4/23/2014 10:55:34 AM
pc says:
Don't smoke, Don't drink, Don't sit in the sun all will kill you.
When will they say stop thinking for yourself you will get brain cancer.
There is always someone doing studies and telling us the results to get us to stop doing things they don't like.
Let's just wrap ourselves up in bubble wrap and never leave the house. We might get hit by a car.
I have never heard of anyone leaving this earth alive.
4/22/2014 6:49:17 PM
Eastender says:
People are not trying to get you to stop anything, just presenting you with information in the hope that you are intelligent enough to do the right thing.
4/23/2014 11:02:05 AM
FedupwithBS says:
"There is always someone doing studies and telling us the results to get us to stop doing things they don't like."

Can you explain what you mean by this and how it applies to this article specifically?
4/23/2014 11:21:15 AM
bttnk says:
I think the over-riding principle, including the one determined in this study, is that many things done in excess can have harmful effects. Alcohol in moderation is OK.
4/23/2014 11:30:16 AM
Eastender says:
What exactly is moderation?
4/24/2014 12:05:19 AM
RelaxinginMurillo says:
Warning ! Do this, dont do that, etc.
I suppose the ideal life is to be eating some kind of tofu meal after spending all evening at an exercise club and then retiring to the condo for a good 8 hours of sleep.
Sounds pretty dang boring, I'll take my chances with plan "B" instead.
4/23/2014 12:13:23 AM
ring of fire dude says:
I'd be more worried about genetically modified food and such , now , if you will excuse me I'm going to grab a tall boy and sit in the sun .
4/23/2014 4:17:14 PM
Shane Caker says:
Let's face it. Being alive is dangerous to your health. I should have been dead years ago according to this study. :)
4/22/2014 11:29:26 PM
The Beaver..... says:
Tell that to the people of Portugal, France, Italy, and Germany were Wine and Beer is a daily staple and the cancer rates are lower then in North America.
4/22/2014 9:00:30 PM
Eastender says:
That could be because they have higher standards in the production of their spirits of choice. Less usage of chemicals. North American beer is adulterated with certain chemicals that are not allowed in german beer, for example.
4/23/2014 11:07:20 AM
FedupwithBS says:
These countries follow the Mediterranean diet with whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables, lean meats eaten much less than here and a lot of seafood...olive oil and hardly any junk food. A glass of wine with supper and lots of water....I spent a couple years working in Europe and it's great. No binge drinking amongst teens like here, anyone can buy alcohol in grocery stores or markets because it isn't abused. There is a different approach to alcohol there. People drink it because it helps with digestion and makes a meal complete (eaten with other people at a table,no t in front of TV) and part of a way healthier approach to living. Eu is also way more advanced at banning nasty chemicals pesticides and herbicides. Can't compare the two.
4/23/2014 11:28:22 AM
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