Dangers of cancer from alcohol consumption

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Throughout the United States and throughout the world, the consumption of alcohol is a common practice among adults. Some like to unwind after a long day’s work with a few beers at happy hour, others like to enjoy a glass of wine with their dinner each night and others reserve their alcoholic consumption to special events like parties or barbeques. While it has been noted in the past that low quantities of alcohol do have some health benefits, new research findings may put a dark cloud of many people’s happy hour.

According to an analysis by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, it was found that even low consumption of alcoholic beverages can increase the risk for up to seven types of cancer. The findings were announced by the University of Otago in New Zealand. Among the forms associated with alcohol consumption include liver, colon, rectum, larynx, oropharynx and female breast cancer. The findings do debunk a previous theory that moderate consumption can be linked to cardiovascular cancer, as there was little correlation between the two.

The findings reveal as much as 5.8 percent of deaths worldwide are related to cancer illnesses, and that alcohol was the cause of as many as half a million deaths in 2012 alone. Cancer is among the qualifying conditions for Social Security Disability benefits.

If it can be proven that one’s illness, including various forms of cancer, is preventing one from maintaining gainful employment and that the disabling disease or illness that is expected to last at least a year or end in death, one may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income, depending on one’s financial situation and other factors.

Source: Good Morning America, “Alcohol Consumption Linked to 7 Types of Cancer, a Review of Research Finds,” Michael Edison Hayden, Accessed on July 26, 2016

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