There are many positives about a moderate intake of alcohol, including lowering your risk of heart disease, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some other risks to consider. A recent large population-based study of Finnish men looked at the association between cancer and alcohol intake and showed that you might want to think twice before taking a swig. In the study, men who consumed a mere 28.2 grams of alcohol per day had an increased risk of cancer, compared to those who consumed less. That’s equivalent to about two drinks per day, where one drink is equal to 5 oz. of wine, 12 oz. of beer, or a shot of liquor.
While this study looked at cancer in general, there has been previous research that shows a specific association between alcohol intake and certain cancers, such as breast cancer and possibly prostate cancer.
If you’re looking to reduce your intake of alcohol, these tips might help:
- Try ordering virgin version of mojitos or margaritas, or sip a cranberry and seltzer.
- Cut down on the number of drinks you consume gradually. If you are used to drinking three cans of beer every day, try going down to two cans per day for a month. The next month go down to one can per day and then finally to zero.
- Switch your drink. If you know you overdo it on beer or wine switch to something that you don’t like.