Can Red Wine Cause Breast Cancer?

Posted: November 12, 2011 by jerkmag in VICES -- sex, drugs & alcohol
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The reasons just keep on coming. Why we shouldn’t eat this or we shouldn’t do that. When it comes to drinks like red wine, it seems as though there are generally more reasons to have a glass a day than not as you get older.

However, a new study has shown that even red wine didn’t make the cut in terms of having a positive impact on women’s health. It is reported that even having “as few as three drinks a week” can cause women to have “an elevated risk of breast cancer.” Well, that sucks.

For the majority of us females, that means our time in college has, or is, increasing our risk of breast cancer. Part of me hopes that this is just another item to tack onto the list of potential causes of cancer or risks of cancer, but another part worries that I’ve helped sign my own fate.

We make jokes about how studies have found yet another thing in our lives could potentially lead to cancer, but how are we to know which are actually going to affect us. Just because it hasn’t happened yet, does that mean we can laugh it off?

Even with all of these studies, it doesn’t seem as though it is going to do much to change the general female population’s mind on having a few drinks every week, in moderation or not. It’s every woman for herself, but at least the information is out there. For me, this won’t change my personal views on drinking, but maybe it’ll be life-changing for someone else. Cheers to those women.

-Erin Elzo

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