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Can one glass of wine every day protect against breast cancer?

We have all heard the comment that one glass of wine, especially red wine, per night can lower your chance of heart disease, protect against some cancers, and positively impact lifespan and mental health. In fact, there are medical studies which show the benefits of drinking wine related to your health. However, does this benefit apply to breast cancer risk?

Studies suggest no.

The National Cancer Institute notes that more than 100 studies consistently found an increased risk of breast cancer associated with increased alcohol intake. The risk of breast cancer increased by an observed 7% for every 10 grams of alcohol consumed. An average glass of wine is estimated to have 17 grams of alcohol. The reason for this may be an alcohol-related increase in blood levels of estrogen, which is a hormone related to breast cancer.

So, should you not drink?

You should fully discuss your drinking habits with your physician to completely understand your risks. Physicians will be able to give specific advice regarding whether there is an increase in your risk due to alcohol intake. If you still want to enjoy a festival or relax at the end of the day in the New Orleans’ spirit, consider a mock-tail alternative. Touro Infirmary offers recipes for healthy beverages without alcohol that could be used as a delicious substitute at your next event, including a recipe for a Strawberry-Kiwi Spritzer.

Click here to learn more about the relationship between alcohol and breast cancer from the NIH National Cancer Institute.