There is no safe limit to alcohol consumption. Any amount of drinking can severely impact one’s health. A statement published by the World Health Organization (WHO) in The Lancet Public Health journal. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified alcohol as a high risk Group 1 carcinogen, contributing to cancer worldwide. The agency has previously found that alcohol causes at least seven types of cancer, including the most common cancer types. Bowel cancer and female breast cancer are few of them. It is also linked with oesophagus, liver, and colorectal cancers. Alcohol causes cancer through biological mechanisms as the compound breaks down in the body, which means that any beverage containing alcohol, regardless of its price and quality, poses a risk of developing cancer.
In the WHO European Region cancer is the leading cause of death, light to moderate alcohol consumption resulted in 23,000 new cancer cases in 2017. It constitutes half of all alcohol associated cancers, and approximately 50 percent of these were female breast cancers, the statement said. Currently available evidence cannot indicate the existence of a threshold at which the carcinogenic effects of alcohol switch on and start to manifest in the human body. A safe level of alcohol consumption can only be defined if there is scientific evidence to prove that at or below the level, there is no risk of illness or injury. WHO said that there are no studies to show the potential benefits of alcohol on cardiovascular diseases. And type 2 diabetes outweighs the risk of cancer. There is evidence to believe heavy episodic drinking increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases.