From hangovers to cancer, the danger from alcohol is due to a toxic metabolite called acetaldehyde. Studies suggest that metabolism of acetaldehyde can be enhanced, making moderate drinking safer.
How studies on alcohol and cancer are skewed by under-reporting by heavy drinkers as moderate
With breast cancer awareness month upon us again, it’s fair to ask what we have learned about prevention and treatment, and for wine drinkers, it remains a confusing picture. It’s clear that heavy alcohol consumption increases risk, not so certain whether moderation – especially wine – is all that bad; it might even be good….
There is a resurgence of debate about the validity of the J-curve, especially as it relates to alcohol and cancer. A 2014 report determined that “alcohol use was positively associated with overall mortality, alcohol-related cancers, and violent death and injuries, but marginally to CVD/CHD” (cardiovascular disease). In other words, there was little benefit if any…