Medical Professionals Alert: New Year’s Eve Beverage Linked to Seven Types of Cancer

Medical Professionals Alert: New Year’s Eve Beverage Linked to Seven Types of Cancer
31.12.2023

A drink poured across the country to mark the clocks striking midnight could spell bad news for your overall health.

Whether you fix yourself a glass of bubbly or go for something a bit stronger, New Year’s Eve parties rarely see dry glasses. While enjoying alcohol in moderation isn’t the end of the world, even a small amount of the popular beverage could make you more susceptible to cancer, according to Cancer Research UK.

Professor David Nutt, world renewed neuroscientist specialised in alcohol and co-founder of Sentia, explained that when you consume alcohol, it gets metabolised by your liver to produce toxic by-products including acetaldehyde.

He told: “These toxins can disrupt the DNA in cells leading to mutations that cause cancer. Also both cause inflammation which over time can lead to cancer.”

Furthermore, the harmful by-products can also interfere with the cell-repair process making cancerous changes more likely to develop. According to Dr Frankie Jackson-Spence, the popular beverage even makes the cells in your mouth and throat more sensitive to other chemicals that can cause cancer.

Therefore, the beverage has been linked to the development of bowel cancer, breast cancer, mouth cancer, liver cancer and some types of throat cancer (oesophagus, larynx, and pharynx).

Dr Jackson-Spence explained: “It’s important to note that alcohol is not nutritionally ‘good for us’.

“The risk of cancer from alcohol is also increased in the context of other risk factors such as smoking, this is particularly true for mouth and throat cancers.”

Therefore, the expert encouraged keeping your healthy habits over the Christmas and New Year Period.

“It doesn’t mean we have to give up all of our healthier habits like eating nutritious foods rich in a wide diversity of plants, exercising regularly and getting enough sleep,” Dr Jackson-Spence said.

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While healthy habits remain key, Dr Nutt explained that there is “no safe level” of alcohol intake.

He said: “Even one drink could damage DNA and lead to cancer. But on the other hand, most even heavy drinkers don’t die of cancer – so it’s not inevitable.”

To keep your alcohol consumption in moderation on NYE, Dr Jackson-Spence recommended cutting down and trying alternating alcohol with non-alcoholic drinks, or lower alcohol options. 

“Whilst consuming a large amount of alcohol in one go is not recommended, I think it’s also important to look at the rest of your lifestyle as a whole,” the expert added.

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