As few as 5 drinks a week can affect quality of sperm.
Sperm concentration, total sperm count, and percentage of healthy, normal sperm were lower in men reporting 5 or more drinks per week, according to Danish researchers. Men who typically drank more than 25 drinks per week had a 33% decrease compared to men who drank 5 or less per week. It is not known if this effect is permanent.
PositiveTip: Young men be warned: Habitual alcohol use may hurt the chances of reproducing.
Healthier lifestyles can lower the risk of myocardial infarction.
Swedish investigators following 20,000 healthy men for 11 years found that each "low risk" lifestyle factor (healthy diet, no smoking, physically active, not overweight, and moderate alcohol use) was independently associated with a lower risk for myocardial infarction (MI). Those with all five healthier lifestyle factors experienced an 86% lower risk. Sadly, less than 1% of the study group followed all five of these. (NOTE: PositiveChoices.com does not believe any amount of alcohol is a part of a healthy lifestyle.)
There is no such thing as "responsible drinking" when it comes to cancer.
"Responsible drinking" is the mantra of many drinkers today. A casual link between alcohol and cancers of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, colon-rectum and women's breast cancer has been established. But what about light drinking? Does it cause cancer? In a meta-analysis of 222 studies, even light drinking was associated with mouth, esophagus and breast cancer. When it comes to cancer, there is no safe level.
PositiveTip: Be responsible. Avoid all consumption of alcohol!
The less you drink, the healthier your heart, according to large investigative study.
It's been reported that light to moderate alcohol drinking may improve heart health. A massive multi-center study involving 155 researchers and 260,000 people may overturn that thinking. People who drank 17% less enjoyed an average 10% less risk of coronary heart disease and had lower blood pressure and BMI. Light drinkers who reduced their drinking had the best heart health.
PositiveTip: Instead of drinking alcohol, increase your exercise and plant foods intake to enjoy proven heart health benefits.
The hard truth about alcohol--it increases risk of cancer.
The conclusion of the chapter on alcohol consumption in the 2014 World Cancer Report is clear: no amount of alcohol is safe when it comes to cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer declared alcohol to be a carcinogen in 1988, and the evidence has been building ever since. Solid data supports a causal relationship with cancers of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, colon, liver and female breast.
PositiveTip: No amount of alcohol is safe for cancer risk!
Drinking 2.5 drinks per day adds 5.7 years of cognitive aging to middle-age men.
Middle-aged men who drink 2.5 alcoholic drinks each day (36 grams of alcohol) are significantly more likely to experience cognitive decline in all areas, especially memory. This association for women was not as strong, but women who drink 19 grams or more of alcohol each day seem to experience faster declines in executive function. The specific type of beverage consumed made little difference.
PositiveTip: Preserve your brain's health--avoid all alcohol!
Drinking between menarche and first pregnancy increases breast cancer risk.
Consuming alcohol between their first period and first pregnancy increases the risk for breast cancer in women by a significant 11% for each 10 grams consumed per day, compared to those who did not drink. While this data was based on self-reported questionnaires, it is consistent with other findings that moderate alcohol consumption is significantly linked with breast cancer risk.
PositiveTip: Eliminate alcohol consumption to effectively lower breast cancer risk.
Light drinking increases the risk of cancer!
More than 3.5% of all cancers are attributable to drinking alcohol, and there is convincing evidence that this increases the risk for cancer of the colon, breast, larynx, liver, esophagus and mouth. Most of this evidence came from studies of high and moderate intake of alcohol. An analytical review by Italian researchers of 222 studies involving almost 92,000 light drinkers (up to 1 drink/day) has found even this level of drinking is associated with increased risk of mouth, esophagus and breast cancer.
PositiveTip: Avoid even small amounts of alcohol to minimize your risk of cancer.
Alcohol washes away willpower in women quitting smoking.
Drinking alcohol seems to trigger more intense urges to smoke in women who were quitting smoking, according to a study from the University of Texas School of Public Health. Women who awoke with strong urges to smoke were more likely to drink, perhaps turning to alcohol to ease their stress, when it fact it increased their risk of relapse.
PositiveTip: Avoid weakening your willpower by the use of alcohol in any form.
Only 1.5 drinks of alcohol per day significantly increases the risk of cancer.
Alcohol use accounted for about 3.5 percent of all cancer deaths in the U.S. That means that almost 20,000 Americans die from cancer each year as a result of drinking. Researchers estimated that each alcohol-related cancer death cost 18 years of potential life. Among women, breast cancer was the top cause of cancer death; in men it was cancers of the upper airway and the esophagus.
PositiveTip: There is no safe threshold for alcohol and cancer risk!