Drinking Alcohol and Gynecological Cancers
A review of the scientific research on alcohol consumption and various gynecological cancers found no relationship between drinking alcohol and risk of gynecological cancers. Examined were studies of the cervix, uterus, endometrium, ovaries, vagina, and vulva.
There was no evidence of any relationship regardless of the source of the alcoholic beverage consumed (beer, wine, or spirits).
That's very good news. In addition, the moderate and regular consumption of alcohol is associated with better health and longer life than is either abstaining from alcohol or drinking abusively.
Drinking in moderation has been described by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) as a woman consuming three drinks on any day and an average of seven drinks per week.
A standard alcoholic drink is:
- A 12-ounce can or bottle of regular beer
- A 5-ounce glass of dinner wine
- A shot (one and one-half ounces) of 80 proof liquor or spirits such as vodka, tequila, or rum either straight or in a mixed drink.
Standard drinks contain equivalent amounts of alcohol.
There is no evidence that any particular form of alcoholic beverage (beer, wine, or distilled spirits) confers greater health benefits than any other.
Note: This website does not make health or medical recommendations regarding drinking alcohol and any gynecological cancer and none should be inferred.
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Additional Resource on Gynecological Cancer:
- International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
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