A new British study has linked alcohol consumption to an increased risk for colon cancer.
The study found that the consumption of a glass of wine or a pint of beer each day increases your risk for colon cancer by 10%, and two drinks a day increases your risk by as much as 25%; and this is pretty scary stuff since the mortality rate for colon cancer is quite high, with 35 000 Britons each year diagnosed, and 16 000 each year dying from the disease.
I’m not sure what the increased colon cancer risk is when drinking 20 or more beers daily, but I imagine my outlook is not particularly promising. I do have faith in the body’s recuperative powers, and I believe that with each passing year of sobriety I minimize the risks of my previously very unhealthy lifestyle.
No one who drinks is under the illusion that they do so for their health, but in addition to the well know health risks like cirrhosis and heart disease, it seems with every passing year clinical researchers unearth more evidence to the damage done by problem drinking. If you drink to excess you should be aware of the damage you are doing to your body, and think about how long and with how much health you’d like to live. Every day you continue to drink increases your probability of contracting a serious and possibly fatal condition, and the sooner you quit the better your prognosis. If you drink, try to stop, and if you can’t, or won’t, try to minimize your consumption.
If you drink, or did drink to excess, you should be aware of the increased risks for certain diseases, and make sure that your doctor is also aware of your history of abuse, as to ensure you get the needed prophylactic testing that might just save you life. I don’t know how much damage I did to my body while drinking, but I do know that my GI tract was a mess; and although I now feel fine, I think I may have to speak with my doctor about colon cancer, and determine if any testing may be required. Just one more reason to be thankful for a life of sobriety.