People generally recognize the negative effects of drinking too much alcohol, but everyone may not know that drinking too much regularly can increase the risk of developing cancer, says the American Cancer Society (ACS).
ACS recommends consuming alcohol in moderation. It suggests women drink no more than one serving of alcohol daily and that men imbibe no more than two drinks per day. One drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of hard liquor, according to an ACS release.
Drinking alcohol is associated with certain types of cancer: mouth, throat, liver, colorectal and breast, the release said. Plus, it's wise to avoid over-indulgence for additional reasons, including the increased likelihood of liver and pancreatic ills, high blood pressure, psychological issues and dependence, the organization said.
“Limiting your alcohol intake doesn’t mean you can’t still have a fun and festive party or meal,” ACS said in the release. The group suggests nonalcoholic versions of classic drinks such as sangria, offering recipes in the society’s cookbook, "Celebrate! Healthy Entertaining for Any Occasion," available through the American Cancer Society bookstore.