Alcohol and Health
We’ve heard for nearly a decade about the benefits of alcohol — red wine in particular. It’s good for your heart and may have other positive effects. In moderation, we thought, it’s not only OK, but actually good for us.
But now there’s a different risk to consider: New research appears to show a link between alcohol and breast cancer in women.
So what’s a girl to do about her nightly glass of wine?
The short answer is, you have to judge for yourself, based on your health and your family medical history. Keep in mind that heart disease is the leading killer of women; in fact, women are six times as likely to die of heart disease as breast cancer.
According to the new research, drinking just one to two drinks a day increases a woman’s risk of breast cancer by 10 percent. Make that three or more drinks a day, and the risk triples to 30 percent.