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Submission + - Alcohol Causes Cancer??? (

Copper Nikus writes: Did you know alcohol is a carcinogen? I sure didn't until I read this article.

Wikipedia seems to support the article.

According to the article, in the USA 3.5% of cancer deaths are caused by alcohol, and worldwide it is 4%. In women the situation is particularly troublesome because for them breast cancer it the top cause of cancer death and 15% of breast cancer deaths were linked to alcohol.

According to wikipedia alcohol is a group 1 carcinogen, and is therefore in the same group as arsenic, asbestos, benzene, plutonium-239, x-rays, and gamma rays.

The article claims that even though moderate alcohol use might reduce heart disease, overall alcohol kills many more people than it saves. When it comes to cancer, there seems to be no safe amount to use.

It is troublesome to me that I had never heard of this before. Could there be a conspiracy by the alcohol industry (which buys plenty of advertisement in the media) to keep this out of public's eye?

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