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Friday, April 08, 2011

Drinking raises risk of cancer

Little Ole Beer Drinker Me
Yet another study comes out telling us that something we do as humans is going to kill us. This time it's the demon drink back on the chopping block. Yes, we all know that some drink too much. Winston Churchill drank like a tank. Yet he lived a reasonably long life. These po-faced researchers say drinking more than a pint of beer a day can substantially increase the risk of some cancers. They want "tougher regulations" over alcohol consumption. But all their talk is based on shoulds and coulds. They don't say with any certainty it CAUSES cancer. Just that there is an increased risk.

So if we all know that, then that's fine. It's the holier-than-thou attitude that gets me. What do these people really want? Ban all alcohol. Are they some kind of Taliban in medical clothing? Madlen Schutze, lead researcher and study author, from the German Institute of Human Nutrition, said that many cancer cases could be avoided if alcohol consumption was limited. "And even more cancer cases would be prevented if people reduced their alcohol intake to below recommended guidelines or stopped drinking alcohol at all," she said. Has she studied the deaths of drunks? I would have thought cirrhosis of the liver a better bet.

Instead of lecturing and maybe hectoring us, perhaps we could lead lives devoid of such interference.


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