13. Al­co­hol

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An Amer­i­can study that fol­lowed the diet and life­styles of more than 200,000 women for al­most 14 years found that post­menopausal women who drank one drink per day or more had an al­most 30 per cent in­crease in breast can­cer rates com­pared to women who did not drink at all. Al­co­hol use is the sec­ond lead­ing cause of can­cer, right be­hind to­bacco use. While a mod­er­ate or low con­sump­tion of al­co­hol can be healthy and lead to a re­duced risk of heart dis­ease, ex­ces­sive drink­ing is known to cause heart fail­ure, stroke, and sud­den death. In 2007, ex­perts work­ing for the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion’s In­ter­na­tional Agency for Re­search on Can­cer looked at the sci­en­tific ev­i­dence re­gard­ing can­cer and al­co­hol use from 27 dif­fer­ent stud­ies. They found suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to state that ex­ces­sive al­co­hol use is the main cause of mouth, oe­soph­a­gus, liver, colon, mouth, rec­tum and fe­male breast can­cers.

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