1. Alcohol even in moderation linked to cancer

    This holiday favorite could give you cancer

    Can you believe it? Four weeks from today will be January 1, 2018... and time to ring in the New Year.

    That time will go by in a flash.

    But don't be fooled by how quickly those calendar pages are turning. You can do a LOT of damage to your body in just four weeks.

    And not all of it's as obvious as a couple of extra pounds around the middle.

    During the festive season, the corks are popping, and the booze is flowing a little more freely than it does the rest of the year.

    People who typically don't drink may find themselves raising a glass. People who do drink often end up indulging even more than usual.

    Some people seem to think that the holiday "spirit" is the kind that flows from a bottle!

    "Why not?" they say, as they lift their glass in yet another toast. "It's the holidays!"

    Well, friend, today I'm going to tell you "why not."

    A little booze can go a long way when it comes to harming your health, and indulging even a little can cause invisible damage inside your body.

    Now, a new report once again warns that any regular amount of alcohol -- even a so-called "moderate" habit -- can put you on the path toward cancer.

    The new statement from the American Society of Clinical Oncology declares alcohol to be a "definite" and "firmly established" risk factor for at least seven types of cancer.

    Ladies, you're facing the biggest risk here.

    A drink a day -- the definition of "moderate" -- will increase your risk of breast cancer by 5 percent before menopause and nearly 10 percent after it.

    Guys, you're not off the hook.

    The report finds that even a "light" or "moderate" habit can increase the risk of head and neck cancers, colorectal cancer, esophageal cancer, and more in men and women alike.

    The more you drink, the higher the risk -- with some cancer risks jumping by as much as FIVE TIMES in women who have eight drinks or more per week and in men who have 15 drinks or more.

    That's slightly more than one a day for women and slightly more than two a day for men.

    The safest amount of alcohol is clearly none at all. The idea that "moderation" is healthy is a myth cooked up by the booze industry to sell more drinks.

    That said, I'm a realist. I know people like to drink, especially this time of year.

    I think we can make a deal.

    If you're healthy... you're not on meds that don't mix with booze... and you're not an addict (even a "recovered" one)... then go ahead and pour yourself a drink.

    Just limit it. Once a day is too much. Once a week is probably too much.

    But if you keep it to truly special occasions, you shouldn't have too much to worry about.

  2. Alcohol linked to breast cancer

    The scary truth about 'moderate' drinking

    Sorry, friend, but you've been lied to.

    Every time you open a newspaper or turn on the TV and hear about how booze is good for the heart, you've been handed a shot glass full of fibs -- and it's being served up by the liquor industry.

    Now, two new studies strip away the "beer goggles" and reveal the ugly truth about drinking.

    It's not healthy, and it could actually HURT you -- even in moderation!

    The first new study looked at all those rosy reports that claim drinkers have overall healthier hearts.

    And it sure looks that way... on the surface.

    The drinkers were definitely less likely to have heart problems than the non-drinkers, according to the 45 studies in this analysis.

    But don't raise your glass and toast this report just yet.

    Turns out most of the non-drinkers weren't truly longtime abstainers.

    Many had the same habits as the drinkers -- until they were forced to quit, often by the very same health problems the drinking was supposed to PREVENT!

    "The notion that one or two drinks a day is doing us good may just be wishful thinking," researcher Tim Stockwell wrote.

    He called for "healthy skepticism" of the endless flow of headline-making studies that claim to find health benefits for drinkers.

    The second new study shows exactly why you need to be skeptical, because this one reveals how drinking can increase the risk of breast cancer.

    It doesn't even have to be a "moderate" habit for that risk to jump.

    All it takes is 10 grams of alcohol a day -- less than what's in a bottle of beer, and about what you'll find in just five ounces of wine.

    That low level per day on average will increase the risk of breast cancer in post-menopausal women by 9 percent, according to the report from the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research.

    The new study focused on women. But guys, you're not off the hook here.

    In fact, you might face an even HIGHER risk of another form of cancer, as a study last year found that one or two drinks per day will increase the risk of prostate cancer by 23 percent.

    I'm not here to ruin anyone's summer BBQ.

    If you're otherwise healthy and aren't on meds that interact with booze, then go ahead and crack open the occasional cold one on a hot summer day.

    Never drink daily -- just keep it to special occasions. And -- whatever you do -- DON'T drink because you think there are health benefits.

  3. Alcohol even in moderation is a dangerous habit

    What booze WON'T do for you You can fill a glass, raise it high, and make to toast to friends... to family... or to a big achievement. But don't waste your time toasting "to your health." There's no such thing! New research confirms just what you've read here in House Calls: All those studies that claim drinking has health benefits...
  4. Even moderate alcohol can increase cancer risk

    Alcohol isn’t as healthy as you’ve been led to believe, and new research finds that even moderate amounts can increase your risk of seven forms of cancer.
  5. Alcohol is dangerous even in small amounts

    Alcohol isn’t the healthy habit it’s been made out to be, even if you stick to a moderate habit, as new research finds it can damage heart function.
  6. Moderate amounts of alcohol don’t extend lives

    Alcohol studies claim a moderate drinking habit can extend lives and prevent disease, but new research finds one major flaw in most of those papers.
  7. Moderate drinking can speed cognitive decline

    Two drinks a night can age the brain and speed the onset of cognitive decline, according to a new study.
  8. Acetaminophen and alcohol can damage kidneys

    The painkiller acetaminophen when taken with booze can damage the kidneys and double your risk of kidney disease, according to the latest research.
  9. Ingredients in beer are loaded with chemicals

    The ingredients in many beers sound like they come straight out of a mad scientist's lab -- and they include sweeteners, chemicals and even fish bladders.
  10. Moderate drinking increases liver risk

    Even a moderate drinking habit can damage the liver, especially in women. And a drinking habit combined with obesity can triple the risk of liver disease.
  11. Even a moderate drinking habit can be deadly

    People who drink have a higher risk of cancer -- and that includes so-called moderate drinkers.
  12. Moderate drinking could cause heartbeat problems

    Moderate drinking may not be healthy for everyone -- and for some people, it could raise the risk of a dangerous heart rhythm disorder.
  13. Alcohol can cancel out wine's heart benefits

    The best way to get the supposed benefits of wine is to skip the alcohol and go right to the polyphenols.
  14. Get wine benefits from your wine

    One of the best things about enjoying the health benefits of red wine is the wine itself. So naturally, some researchers are trying to spoil the party -- because a new study looks at the benefits of the polyphenols in red wine... when taken without the actual wine.
  15. Red wine: exercise in a glass

    You might think the only "exercise" you'll get from drinking wine comes from lifting the glass -- or maybe struggling to open the bottle. But it turns out resveratrol, the famous "red wine antioxidant," can actually trick the body into thinking it's getting some actual exercise -- giving you a big-time metabolic boost with every little sip.
  16. Shrinks want seniors to stop drinking

    If you're a senior and you had a drink or two last night, you had way too much. That's ridiculous, of course -- but that's the warning from a group of buzz-killing British shrinks, who claim that booze intake should be limited to just 1.5 units of alcohol a day for seniors.
  17. Your thirsty, thirsty brain

    But while soda will actually rot your brain, there's another beverage that really can protect it -- and it's something many of us already enjoy at the end of the day: Booze.
  18. Even drunks live longer

    That last bit may surprise you, but a new study finds that drinking any amount--even a lot--is better than not drinking at all, because heavy drinkers live longer than abstainers.
  19. Banning popular painkillers proving to be an ugly process

    An FDA panel recently recommended that the painkillers Darvon and Darvocet be pulled from the market. And it's about time.

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