Alcohol and Cancer
Drinking alcohol is a direct cause of at least seven forms of cancer, and the more you drink, the higher your risk, a new analysis found.
The report’s author said she hoped to cut through the barrage of studies and stories that can leave readers with conflicting views of alcohol’s effects.
After all, isn’t a nightly glass of wine supposed to be good for you?
“There is no argument, on current evidence, for a safe level of drinking with respect to cancer,” , the author and a professor of epidemiology at Otago University in New Zealand, wrote in the analysis, published Thursday in the scientific journal Addiction.
She added that studies touting the perceived health benefits of casual drinking are “seen increasingly as disingenuous or irrelevant,” given the rising risks of a range of cancers.
Connor’s report found there is strong evidence that alcohol causes cancer of the liver, colon, rectum, esophagus, larynx, pharynx and female breast.
“Alcohol consumption is one of the most important known risk factors for human cancer and potentially one of the most avoidable factors, but it is increasing worldwide,” the authors of that study wrote.
U.S. alcohol producers pushed back against Connor’s analysis.
“To declare that alcohol definitively causes cancer based upon cherry-picked epidemiology articles lacks scientific credibility,” Sam Zakhari, senior vice president of scientific affairs for Distilled Spirits Council, a national trade group, said in an emailed statement.
“Cancer is a complex disease that is not yet entirely understood and requires more research,” he said.
Connor’s report noted the risks of getting cancer from drinking is highest among , a group roughly defined as men who drink more than four alcoholic beverages a day, and women who drink more than three.
In the U.S., one drink is equal to a 12 ounce can of beer, a 5 ounce glass of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits, according to the American Cancer Society.
Those risks multiply for people who both drink and regularly smoke, particularly when it comes to cancers of the mouth, pharynx, larynx and esophagus, Connor said.
That doesn’t mean people who drink are necessarily doomed to get those cancers. And there’s some evidence that people who ditch alcohol can reduce their risks of liver, laryngeal and pharyngeal cancers, according to the Addiction report.
Still, Connor noted that, while heavy drinkers face higher cancer risks, low to moderate drinkers still experience a “considerable burden” of health hazards from alcohol. Yet many people don’t know about the risks, a problem Connor partly attributed to the news of alcohol’s potential benefits.
In an interview with the Guardian, Jana Witt, a health information officer at Cancer Research U.K., applauded the study and offered a few simple tips for lowering alcohol consumption.
“Having some alcohol-free days each week is a good way to cut down on the amount you’re drinking,” Witt said. “Also, try swapping every other alcohol drink for a soft drink, choosing smaller servings or less alcoholic versions of drinks, and not keeping a stock of booze at home.”
This article was updated to include comment from Distilled Spirits Council.
Alcohol and Cancer
George Ryan’s Trail
GEORGE RYAN licenses for bribes, is your wake up call to focus on all our courts in every community. It is everyone’s worst nightmare waiting to happen, as we all painfully read almost everyday. As it was for me and my family and my beautiful daughter.22, and friend http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php
My mission is to bring people together to take action for accountability and culpability for the obstruction of justice and of the cause of the tragedy’s which were not prevented by collusion. and money laundering. This is violating our constitutional laws and rights to due process. It is contempt of our courts of law. by the prosecutor and judges,under their sworn oath. Ryan literally got away with the murder of the Willis family 6 children.
CITIZENS COURT WATCHERS NETWORK needs your support and pledges to facilitate our analysis and research.to empower us (see Donation page in our menu). THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE; 6 years in a country club prison, Add that to the list of more fraud on the public. Our silence approves them literally for getting away with violating us. I encourage you to never forget that as your accountability. There power in numbers. Our protests and petitions will have power for a ROI (return on investment) on our money i.e. taxes,
The Tribune and other newspaper’s investigation exposed other people across these United States. Lives were at risk and died by his licenses for bribes scandal. The partisan court system is a giant business, a one party enterprise of patronage. Do not drive while intoxicated, as many repeat offenders do everyday. And you must be alert and not text & drive.
Driving is the fastest way to your mortality(death). Your government is the one to take action (for us) on the Federal State and Local level. For petitions and your outcries See www.change.org .
from CCWN founder Leah Johnson
Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan
Heading to Prison
Laura & Dina
– Gone but not Forgotten
On Aug. 22, 1985,, you were taken from us, not by illness or natural causes. We could have adjusted to that. But you were killed. The murder weapon was a car. The driver of the car, Timothy Sullivan’s blood alcohol levels proved he was drunk.
The evening began as did many others, you and your best girlfriend Dina left by car. In a few short hours we were summoned to the hospital – My daughter Laura, and Dina, were already gone. Their car was struck with deadly force by one driven by Sullivan. Our grief was unbearable.
As your birthday nears and holidays come and go, we remember the joy and happy times we had for such a few short years. I miss you so painfully as we all do and your loving ways. After you had been laid to rest, I took some small comfort in believing that justice would be done.
During the weeks that followed my frustration turned to outrage. When I met with James Ryan, our states attorney, I saw his deceit immediately. It was beyond a feeling of helplessness for me and my family; A horrible unreal feeling. Soon after we had to hire an investigator to learned that Sullivan had 19 arrests relating to alcohol, Many reduces, Ryan the states attorney was victimizing by not calling us. , Didn’t offer us his horrific record His responsibility, Many were plead and reduced.We were in shock! We learned later about the connection between his parents .and Terry Ekl THE MASTER OF THE COURTS OF DUPAGE DWI FELONS.and DWi Don Ramsell, plud Jim Ryan our new states attorney were all friends with the family. What we discovered by investigation,
He is now currently a 25 time offender, and driving while revoked, thanks to this top criminal DWI lawyer. terry ekl The lawyer is why he still had a valid driver’s license, illegally of course, He had a prior DWI in 84 .before the crash and the approval of the states attorney and specially selected judge! We all had a catastrophic wake up call! It was a one party conspiracy game. racket was told by a Suntimes reporter, you have no one to help you!
Enter now Frances Cuneo, village attorney-crook-extraordinaire who got him supervision.in the 84 DWI with judge jerz illegally, plead. We continued to investigated everyrthing, possible, including the mandates of laws. We also investigated their big mansions of homes .Paid with our blood and the criminal fathers blood money . I now discover why there is many DWI homicides. The cause and effect.is all malpractice liability of our law behind the closed doors on the 4th floor of the courts, The stench was unbearable to me . We have unequivocally seen Hell and lived in it for a year, Truth be told They all live with blood on their hands .for their net-worth. God will be the judge for us as they enter Hell, Not only in Washington but all of our court systems.. The girls were one minute from their homes. as I was anxiously waiting with her golden retriever. This is where yours and every mothers and families worst nightmares begins and has by thousands of familys by mulible drunk drivers See jaw dropping record in my life story. Truth be told again, It’s literally a Russian Roulette game and you and your family are not immune. Be forewarned.
It is like they were murdered twice, once by the arrest record by all the plea bargaining Then got his license back on the previous DWI even after alcoholic testing and grading laws violated, Thereafter the plea bargaining again repeated,un-deterred by the court system he murders my daughter and friend all by an alcoholic father, and mother, I feel now in Hell by bribery (its no brainier of a 18 mo work release freed by the Judges chambers revolving door, Hows that for freedom and our civil rights protected as a mockery .You and all of us have been getting victimized for years. behind closed doors,Its a large brothel. This is now your priority wake up call. Business as usual everyday, . Our family and all their friends suffered beyond belief, to see Sullivan get away with a virtual double homicide of work release. plead again, Nothing could be more criminal of bribery, The girls were then re-victimized by this repelling sentence Blatant inadequate 18 month work release, in the county jail , not the DOC prison.
The county jail, with then Sheriff Doria was set up for him to enter every day allowed to arrive around midnight we were informed., so he partied after work till late.and was well protected at midnite,coming in. and we were informed always had alcohol on his breath which he had access to at the train station before he got on the train . How convenient,, plus his other drugs as marijuana . How is that for your tax money and your familys safety as a free ride.?
The public and major news about our fight was astounding. Two grieving mothers fighting for justice. Nevertheless i am proud we made changes in some laws, and saved many lives by our expose for these girls lives,, The pain never goes away for us and truth be told my life has literally ended, since,….. It is without a doubt, a “criminal protection system”. We trusted. A giant IRS I need everyone to join and help me in my uphill battle for a new court system by us law abiding citizens Justice must prevail is our mission.by mobilizing. and being a pledged member, I cant do it without you, to protect you,.
Sullivan’s sentence, to hold a job and check in at the county jail at night, was a classic case of patronage,. Money is the Godfather of our corrupt court system They are opportunists for their partisan party ,and money laundering, The name of the game. This habitual DWI felon and thousands more,is your wake up call..
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Did it matter that Laura and Dina lie in their graves? We thought our system was meant to dispense justice? Men have been sentenced to life imprisonment for killing with a gun or knife . Why is it different when the weapon is a car? (because its easy money by pleading DWI’S s,,,,,, A TIME BOMB ON WHEELS. ………….A killer of any type forfeits his right to be a part of society.
As for the public official who do not prosecute to the full letter of the law? They are beyond and worse than the criminals who drink and drive and murder, ,and are accountable by plea bargaining and undeterred decisions.for decades, They are mega millionaires.due to our addictions. They will now be held responsible by CCWN, My legacy to my daughter and all victims They will also lose their license’s and will be disbarred by civil rights attorneys. as George Ryan You kill with your car, you lose your freedom. and license permanently and pay the price .law abiding citizens have rights to drive safely, and now demand higher sentence’s for murder and maiming Your thousands of dollars will not get u plead and citizens justice denied!
– Leah Johnson, founder of Citizens Court Watchers Network