Yes, Alcohol does substantially increase the risk of Breast cancer.
Very few people seem to be aware of the risks.
Previously it was thought that heavy drinking is responsible for harmful cancer effects.
But studies from U.K and U.S.A have subsequently shown that even light to moderate drinking can increase the risk of breast cancer.
A very large study involving more than 1,250,000 middle-aged women in the United Kingdom ( enrolled in the Million Women Study) showed that “Low to moderate alcohol consumption” in women increases the risk of breast cancer and certain other cancers.
In a study involving more than 88,000 women from United States, also showed that light to moderate drinking increases the risk of breast cancer.
So keep counting the alcohol units during the festive time.
1. U.K. Study: Moderate alcohol intake and cancer incidence in women.
2. U.S.A study. Light to moderate intake of alcohol, drinking patterns, and risk of cancer: results from two prospective US cohort studies. BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4238 (Published 18 August 2015). Cite this as: BMJ.2015;351:h4238
3. Telegraph. Drinking alcohol raises risk of cancer by snapping DNA, scientists find.