It is a well-known fact that drinking alcohol can severely damage your health, because it disrupts the work of many important organs in the body and it affects the person’s mood and behavior.
The question that many people are asking is, does alcohol consumption cause cancer?
According to a study that was published in Addiction, consuming alcohol can lead to esophagus, rectum, larynx, colon, breast and liver cancer. Another study showed that alcohol is responsible for up to 5.8% of all deaths caused by cancer worldwide.
These researches however, didn’t show the relationship between alcohol and cancer, and they also don’t indicate that the alcohol is the cause of it.
The percentage of cancer and alcohol related deaths has increased from 4% in 2003, to around 6% in 2015.
This increase may be triggered by alcohol and other factors like poor lifestyle, lack of sleep and poor sleeping quality and physical inactivity.
Another study also showed that light drinking can also cause cancer. Smoking can also be a factor that can contribute to alcohol related cancer.
Breast cancer recurrence (alcohol related)
The American Cancer Society claims that even a couple of drinks per week can increase the risk of breast cancer development in women. Those with low folate levels have higher risk of breast cancer.
According to other researches, breast cancer can be connected with alcohol intake, because alcohol has the ability to increase the estrogen levels in the body.
It also affects the hormone levels in men and excessive drinking can lead to testicular failure and male infertility.
Alcohol contains active phytoestrogens, that can cause feminine symptoms in man. These can also be found in soy, wheat, flax and sesame seeds, and they have very similar structure to the estrogen that the human body produces.
The soy-based products in the USA tend to have higher cancer rates when compared to the same products in Asia. This can be because in Asia, they use different type and amount of phytoestrogen products.
It is worth noting that all of these effects were noticed in people who consume alcohol moderately. So we can draw a conclusion that breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men are not affected by moderate consumption of alcohol.
More and more people under 50 are affected by colon cancer
We can say straight up that alcohol consumption causes colon cancer even in people that are under 50. Younger people develop symptoms of colon cancer like bowel blockage, anemia or bloody stool even if they are under 50.
According to a study that was conducted in the UK, around 4% of all cancer cases in the country, are somehow connected with alcohol. Excessive drinking also causes mouth and throat cancers.
Nutrition and Cancer published a story in 2004 in which they found out that people who drink more than one glass of alcohol a day, have 70% more chance of developing colon cancer.
The alcohol type is not a factor, and it does not make a difference if the person is drinking beer, wine or hard liquor.
The risk of cancer starts as soon as you taste the alcohol in your mouth
Acetaldehyde is a compound that plays an important role in cancer development. This compound can damage your DNA, and at the same time, it will impede your body from repairing this damage.
Acetaldehyde is connected to mouth, larynx, phalanx, esophagus and liver cancer. This compound is formed in the liver in the process of breaking down alcohol. It stimulates the liver cells and their growth and this is the process that can cause liver cancer.
The bacteria that are living in the gut and mouth can also break down alcohol. This increases the level of acetaldehyde and the pharynx, larynx, esophagus and mouth are exposed to DNA damage. This greatly increases the risk of oral cancer.
This compound can also be found in tobacco and some food flavorings. A number of researchers warn that this metabolite is dangerous and are urging the alcohol manufacturers to reduce the amount of acetaldehyde they are putting in their products.
Sugar can also lead to cancer
Because the alcohol is carbohydrate, the human body metabolizes it into sugar. This increases the insulin resistance and the levels of sugar in the body. Alcohol doesn’t have nutritional value and can contribute to obesity.
Besides of the fact that increases the risk of obesity, alcohol can also double the risk of cancer, because it increases the levels of acetaldehyde.
Cancer cells cannot survive without energy, and the sugar provides them with plenty of energy. This means that if you reduce the intake of carbs, you essentially starve the cancer cells.
To put things into perspective, one beer contains 13 grams of carbs, a five-ounce wine contains 4 grams, and a five-ounce cocktail contains 10 grams. This is a clear indicator that one glass of any kind of alcohol can increase the amount of carbs in the body and significantly increase the risk of cancer, insulin resistance and obesity.
Nutritional ketosis in cancer treatments
In the video above, Travis Christofferson explains very well how nutritional ketosis can treat and prevent many types of cancer.
The conventional teaching is that nuclear genetic defects cannot lead to cancer, but the mitochondrial damage that happens further on triggers genetic mutations.
The right solution for this problem is nutritional ketosis. It limits the intake of net carbs and it includes a diet which is rich in high quality fats. This helps the body to easily burn fats and it is a better fuel than the sugar.
The bottom line is that alcohol definitely causes cancer, and luckily, natural treatments like ketosis can help in its treatment.