Correlation between Alcohol and Breast Cancer Risk

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
May 17, 2012

Correlation between Alcohol and Breast Cancer RiskA lot of researches in the past have established the link between alcohol and breast cancer risk. One of these studies was based on data gathered from the Nurses’ Health Study of the USA. The information pertained to female nurses of between the ages of 25 and 42 on joining the NHS in 1976. The data collected by NHS included those related to diagnosis of breast cancer.

The researchers sought to establish the link between alcohol consumption and breast cancer risk. For this, they began gathering information from women in NHS about their alcohol consumption pattern. By 2008, the results conclusively showed that alcohol is responsible for increasing the risk of breast cancer as the more women consumed, the more likely they were to get breast cancer.

Their findings were:

  • Women who took three to six drinks of alcohol in a week showed a 15 per cent higher risk of breast cancer when compared to non-drinkers.
  • Women who drank more than 30 drinks a week had a 50 per cent greater risk of breast cancer compared to women who did not drink.

The interesting observation in this study was that having large amount of alcohol consumed at once was more risky than how often alcohol was taken. In other words, binge drinking increased the risk of breast cancer much more than regularly drinking little amounts of alcohol.


The findings of the studies mentioned here support the results of many other large studies that also linked alcohol with breast cancer risk. Many of these studies show that drinking even little amount of alcohol regularly is responsible for increasing cancer risk. If you feel like doing everything you can to bring down your risk of breast cancer (or breast cancer returning), drinking two drinks or lesser in a week should be strictly followed.

Regularly drinking alcohol is a habit that often starts in early adulthood. You might want to talk to your daughters, granddaughters, and other young women in your life about the link between alcohol and breast cancer risk. Studies on the link between alcohol consumption and it leading to breast cancer have been quite conclusive with regards to method used and no. of patients covered. It should now be clear to all those women who do not mind getting drunk from time to time that they just might have opened the doors for a dreaded disease by doing so.


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