Drinking Alcohol and Bone Cancer Risk

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.


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

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
  • Certain anti-cancer drugs
  • Heredity or family history of bone cancer
  • Metal implants used to repair fractures or breaks in bones

II. Symptoms

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, pain or swelling can be caused by many other conditions. 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 consumption of alcohol is associated with better health and living longer 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 man consuming four drinks on any day and an average of 14 drinks per week. For women, it is consuming three drinks in any one day and an average of seven drinks per week.

A standard alcoholic drink is a

  • alcohol and bone cancer12-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.

There is no evidence that any particular form of alcoholic beverage (beer, wine, or distilled spirits) confers greater health or longevity benefits than any other.

IV. Resources

These books are for bone cancer patients and their loved ones.