Long Term Danger of Binge Drinking
A recent study by The Cancer Council of Australia has revealed that binge drinking has been shown to increase the risk of developing cancer later on in life. By limiting the amount of alcohol we intake we can reduce a large number of cancer deaths in Oz. Drinking, smoking and an unhealthy lifestyle are a dangerous mix that has been proven to increase the risk of cancer. Drinking in moderation is the best defence that we have against many of the alcohol related ailments plaguing Australians later on in life.
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In particular there are 7 main types of cancer that binge drinking can contribute to developing:
- Mouth cancer
- Pharyngeal cancer (upper throat)
- Oesophageal cancer (food pipe)
- Laryngeal cancer (voice box)
- Breast cancer
- Bowel cancer
- Liver cancer
Although not everyone who drinks is going to develop cancer, but excessive consumption has been proven to be a major contributing factor. Studies have found that, on average, people who smoke and drink are up to 50 times more likely to get some types of cancer than people that don’t.
Ensuring that you drink only in moderation and responsibly is important if you want to enjoy a healthy retirement and avoid many of the ailments that plague excessive drinkers in their old age.