Alcohol and bone cancer aren’t associated. Therefore, drinking alcohol doesn’t increase the risk of developing bone cancer. That applies to beer, spirits and wine.
- Risk Factors
- Alcohol Not a Risk
That’s the conclusion of major health organizations. They include the National Cancer Institute, American Society of Clinical Oncology, CancerHelp UK, Mayo Clinic, and many others.
I. Risk Factors
Bone cancer risk factors include:
- Exposure to high levels of radiation.
- Some anti-cancer drugs.
- Family history of bone cancer.
- Metal implants used to repair bone fractures.
Pain is the most common symptom of bone cancer. However, not all bone cancers cause any pain. Swelling near a bone can also be a symptom of the disease. Of course, many other conditions can cause pain or swelling. Therefore, it’s wise to consult a doctor for diagnosis.
III. Alcohol Not a Risk
Drinking alcohol is not a risk factor for developing bone cancer. On the other hand, the moderate drinking is associated with better health and longer life. That’s in comparison with either abstaining from alcohol or drinking abusively.
Drinking in moderation is described by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). It’s a man having four drinks on any day and an average of 14 drinks per week. And for women, it’s having three drinks in any one day and an average of seven drinks per week.
A standard alcoholic drink is a
- 12-ounce can or bottle of regular beer
- 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.
Standard drinks contain equivalent amounts of alcohol.
No form of alcoholic beverage (beer, wine, or distilled spirits) confers greater health or longevity benefits than any other.
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