Men: heavy drinking does more damage to your health then you may know.
A study published in the American Cancer Society’s medical journal, Cancer, has revealed that regular heavy drinking increases prostate cancer risk.
Learn more about the study and what it means for men’s health.
Alcoholism & Prostate Cancer Risk
The study was conducted using data from the Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial (PCPT), a study on the drug finasteride. Finasteride is used to help men who have enlarged prostates urinate and help correct male pattern baldness.
Researchers from the University of California have continued studying the alcohol consumption of 10,920 men who participated in the trials. They analyzed the connections between the quantity, frequency, and kind of alcohol each man consumed and their prostate cancer risk.
They found that men who consumed 50 grams (around 4 beers, 4 glasses of wine, or 3.5 drinks of liquor) of alcohol each day were at a higher risk of developing the most aggressive form of prostate cancer. Men who drank heavily 5+ days a week also had a higher risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer.
In the overall trials, taking finasteride lowered men’s prostate cancer risk by 25% — but in the group of heavy drinkers, it had little effect. These findings suggest that alcohol may interfere with the enzymes the body uses to process the drug.
More studies are needed to fully probe the connection between prostate cancer risk and alcohol consumption. However, drinking has been conclusively linked to a higher risk for cancers of the throat, larynx, esophagus, and liver, so men should be cautious when drinking.
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If you’re a heavy drinker or know someone who is, quitting can be easier said than done. ARCpoint Labs offers alcohol testing so that employees, family members, and friends can monitor alcohol use. To get started, find your nearest ARCpoint Labs today.