WHO says even a small amount of alcohol can cause cancer
The WHO also says more than 1 million people will die from cancer in 2020.
How does alcohol increase cancer risk?
Health experts say that when you drink alcohol made with ethanol, it breaks down into a chemical known as acetaldehyde. This chemical damages DNA and prevents the body from repairing the damage.
When DNA is damaged, cells begin to grow out of control and cancer tumors develop.
Alcohol also affects levels of hormones like estrogen. Estrogen acts as a messenger that tells cells to grow and divide.
Alcohol consumption also limits the absorption of various important nutrients such as vitamins, iron and folic acid that are important for health. These nutrients protect the body from cancer and weaken the immune system.
Alcohol provides empty calories, leads to unnecessary and unhealthy weight gain, and increases your risk of cancer.
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