I should never read health news. But this report was Canadian. I thought it would be OK.
"Our results show that the heaviest consumers over the lifetime had the biggest increases in the risks of multiple sites of cancer," researcher Dr. Andrea Benedetti said. Many studies have suggested that moderate drinking -- usually defined as no more than a drink or two per day -- can be a healthy habit, particularly when it comes to heart disease risk. But the current study suggested that even such moderate drinking levels are linked to higher risks of certain cancers, at least when the alcohol of choice is beer or liquor.
I seem to be able to with stand this sort of news at the holidays but not as autumn gives you that come hither look. Starts all cozy sweaters and lovely colours in the woods and then turns into bare branches and some kid egging your car on Halloween. The research out of Montreal seems to have been published in the September 2009 Issue of Renal And Urology News, a publication which I never thought I would showcase here abouts. But it does introduce the idea of one's "beer years":
...the investigators examined cancer risk according to drink-years (the number of years of drinking multiplied by the average number of drinks per day of beer, wine, and spirits) among subjects who consumed seven or more drinks per week. Men with 180 drink-years or more had a significant 83% increased risk of PCa compared with subjects who abstained or did not regularly consume alcohol...
I think I have about sixty beer years in. Have I had more than two drinks per average per day in the thirty years since that party in high school? Can't imagine. There were some pretty clean living years in there, right? Right?