Drinking Alcohol and Bone Cancer Risk (Important Facts)

Alcohol and bone cancer aren’t associated. Therefore, drinking alcohol doesn’t increase the risk of bone cancer. That applies to beer, spirits (liquor), and wine.

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.


          1. Risk Factors
          2. Symptoms
          3. Alcohol Not a Risk
          4. Resources

     Alcohol and Bone Cancer

I. Risk Factors

Bone cancer risk factors include these.

    • Exposure to high levels of radiation.
    • Some anti-cancer drugs.
    • Family history of bone cancer.
    • Metal implants used to repair bone fractures.

II. Symptoms

Pain is the most common symptom of bone cancer. But not all bone cancers cause any pain. Swelling near a bone can also be a symptom. Of course, many other conditions can cause pain or swelling. So it’s wise to see a doctor.

III. Alcohol Not a Risk

Drinking alcohol is not a risk factor for bone cancer. On the other hand, the moderate drinking is linked with better health and longer life. That’s compared to either abstaining from alcohol or drinking heavily.

Drinking in moderation has been defined by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). It’s a man having two drinks per day. For women, it’s having one drink a day.

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Standard Drinks

Standard drinks have equal amounts of pure alcohol. It’s 0.6 ounce.

Beer, wine, or spirits give the same benefits for health and long life.

IV. Resources


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    • This site gives no advice. That includes on drinking alcohol and bone cancer. Please see your doctor with questions.