You May Also Like

An expert says how often should I wash my face

Why it’s just as important to wash your face in the morning as at night

holistic health services LA

The definitive guide to Los Angeles’ one-stop holistic health havens

How to use lemongrass essential oil for cleaning

Watch your back, baking soda: This multitasking DIY cleaning ingredient is about to be *everywhere*

farmers' market

A dietitian shares her secrets to getting the best produce at the farmers’ market

The vegan poke bowl recipe secret ingredient

Make vegan poké taste like the real thing, thanks to one dietitian-approved simple trick

whole30 breakfast bake

8 breakfast recipes to avoid Whole30 burnout

Drink to your health? Not so fast


Thumbnail for Drink to your health? Not so fast
Pin It
Photo: Pexels/Pixabay

With a number of studies showing the health benefits of moderate drinking, you can feel pretty good about heading to happy hour, right? After all, a glass a day can be good for your heart. Well, it turns out there’s a big caveat. For women in their mid-40s or older, even just one alcoholic drink a day can increase the risk of breast cancer, according to a new study. (Isn’t getting older grand?)

Researchers with the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research found that even having as little as 10 grams of alcohol a day (that’s almost one full glass of wine) is linked to a 5 percent increase in breast cancer in premenopausal women and a 9 percent increase in postmenopausal women.

“I was most surprised by the alcohol result, that risk increases at just one drink a day, on average.”

According to the researchers, alcohol can cause cell mutations in DNA strains, which in turn can cause cancer. “I was most surprised by the alcohol result, that risk increases at just one drink a day, on average,” the study’s lead researcher Anne McTiernan, MD, PhD, tells CNN. “The increase with one drink a day was small, but the risk goes up from there. So that’s why the American Institute for Cancer Research recommends no more than one alcohol drink a day for women to reduce risk for cancer.”

But what about all that evidence that wine is good for the heart? According to researchers: It’s complicated. (Sigh.) While moderate wine consumption really might have some health benefits, it should be weighed against the risks, they say. So instead of pouring yourself a glass after dinner tonight, maybe call up your BFF and work out this dilemma over a bottle (of kombucha). Because time with your loved ones is definitely in the “good for you” category.

And hey, you don’t need alcohol to relax—or have fun. Try raising a glass of this heart-opening elixir to get in the party mood. And here’s how to throw a high-vibe gathering, sans booze.

Loading More Posts...

You May Also Like

The vegan poke bowl recipe secret ingredient

Make vegan poké taste like the real thing, thanks to one dietitian-approved simple trick

farmers' market

A dietitian shares her secrets to getting the best produce at the farmers’ market

Are foodborne illness outbreaks on the rise?

Are foodborne illnesses on the rise, or what?

How to keep shower curtains from sticking to you

The easiest way to keep your shower curtain liner from clinging to you, once and for all

whole30 breakfast bake

8 breakfast recipes to avoid Whole30 burnout

How to use lemongrass essential oil for cleaning

Watch your back, baking soda: This multitasking DIY cleaning ingredient is about to be *everywhere*