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5 shocking facts about drinking

By: Good Magazine on Dec. 31, 2010, 2:05 p.m.
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May increase cancer risk

While the relationship between alcohol and cancer is a controversial one, the International Agency for Research on Cancer actually classifies alcohol as a Group 1 carcinogen. (That can’t be good.) It’s been linked to everything from breast to prostate to stomach cancer, and while higher consumption is generally associated with higher risk, for women even moderate drinking has come under fire.

Most recently one study showed a meaningful correlation between drinking, especially binge drinking — defined as five or more drinks in one “drinking episode” — and an elevated risk in men for dangerous pancreatic cancer. To be thoroughly confused, click to the next slide.