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From the August 2019 magazine.

Alcoholism At Large

Cancer-screening and recovering alcoholics
According to the U.S. government’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020,individuals who do not drink alcohol should not start drinking for any reason, as a growing body of research connects alcohol consumption to cancer. In fact, in itsReport on Carcinogens, the National Toxicology Program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services lists consumption of alcoholic beverages as a known human carcinogen, along with tobacco use.

The evidence indicates that the more alcohol a person drinks—particularly over time—the higher his or her risk of developing an alcohol-associated cancer. Based on data from 2009, an estimated 3.5 percent of cancer deaths in the U.S. (about 19,500 deaths) were alcohol related. 

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