I'll have a vodka soda with a twist of cancer, thanks.

Drinking alcohol directly results in the likelihood of you getting cancer. Did you know that? I certainly didn’t. And this isn’t fake news like how elections are won, or click bait how corporations earn money, or even just my humble opinion of which no-one really cares for. It’s factual according to the World Health Organization. I don’t know about you, but this is news worth sharing. And yes, it might mean you need to reassess your social routine of catching up with the girls for drinks, because after reading what I have uncovered, the truth about your vodka soda, it would be better to make a change now than it become catching up with your girlfriends after chemo.

 I haven’t had a drink of over three years. I stopped drinking a long time ago for a few reasons that you can read about in my new book, The Social Rebellion; True Freedom Beings with a Cheeky Month Alcohol-Free.

Of all the great things I’ve experienced since not drinking; renewed sense of self, empowerment, clarity, weight loss, permission to talk about alcohol-dependency… I didn’t realise that I had also crossed, ‘chances of getting cancer’ off the list! It’s not for me to say why anyone gets cancer other than the obvious, heavy smokers, poor diet perhaps and people who work in highly toxic environments are the obvious disease cues. And then with all this new research apparently sugar feeds on cancer. But science is still scratching it's head on the true cause. 

I have no explanation why my Grandma Mary lost her battle with breast cancer when I was 15. She was healthy-ish adorable and it sucked. Cancer doesn’t discriminate. It didn’t discriminate my Uncle who dedicated his life to Jesus and preaching the good news, who at 42 years old with a young family lost his battle with bone-marrow cancer. He was a ballroom dancer back in the day and a steward of the Lord’s work, so that one was a puzzler. I guess the good news is that he’s in heaven at least. It didn’t pass up my friend’s sister with a young daughter who is now motherless. Cancer is a real bitch. I don’t know why our treasured friends are lost so young and so aggressively, and for no reason. What I do know that don’t want to get cancer , so I’ll do everything I can to avoid it; Healthy diet, regular exercise, not too many animal products.

But up until a few years ago, I would drink alcohol like a fish on the weekend and most likely on a random Tuesday, not thinking it would do anything other than take the edge off a bad day or perhaps at worst give me a hangover. I didn’t realise that it might be seriously contributing to the likelihood of cancer cells developing in my body. When I read the following headline, I nearly spat out my sparkling mineral water (that’s how I roll these days); ‘Drinking May Have Given Me Cancer.’ An article from Mother Jones prompted my inner nerd to seek out some more data. You can read the article here.

There is legit evidence published by the World Health Organization that drinking alcohol INCREASES your chance of getting cancer. So, WTF are we all doing knocking back drinks on a Friday afternoon after a long week in the office? Have we all lost our minds? Well yes actually, we have because alcohol stops your brain functioning properly but that’s a who different BLOG.

I started researching the World Cancer Report cited in the article, here are some quotes;

·       ‘For 2010, alcohol-attributable cancers were estimated to be responsible for 337 400 deaths worldwide.’ That’s a LOT of death.

·       ‘Alcoholic beverages were declared “carcinogenic to humans” (Group 1) by the IARC Monographs Programme, first in 1988 [2] and then again in 2007 and in 2010 [3–5]. Not probs maybe might likely lead to cancer eventually perhaps but we’re not really sure, but factual proof that alcohol actually will cause cancer.

·       ‘Tumour types caused by drinking alcoholic beverages include cancers of the oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, oesophagus, liver, colorectum, and female breast.’ That’s a LOT of cancer.

In conclusion, no amount of alcohol is safe. If the amount of alcohol consumed increases, the risk of developing cancer increases. This means that any reduction in alcohol consumption will be beneficial for health through the reduction of cancer risk. This also means that the following extract from a diet book written by a legit Dr. is unfortunately very incorrect.

In the '70s doctors used to endorse cigarettes, have you seen the Ads on YouTube for Camel, it’s outrageous. We are not far from that mark in 2018 with the alcohol advertising industry booming, spirit brands releasing ‘pink label’ to appeal to women and booze brand being the sponsor of your favourite sports team. The alcohol industry has a lot to answer for or maybe it doesn’t. Maybe it’s just up to us, to what we can with what we know, and when we know better, we do better. And now you know. So, it’s really up to you.

Are you going to have drink this weekend?