Science says it's time to start pacing yourself if you want to live a long and healthy life. Consuming two alcoholic drinks per day can cause a 21 percent increase in your risk of developing the most common types of cancer in the world, according to a report released earlier today by United European Gastroenterology (UEG) - a nonprofit organization committed to digestive health.
The UEG researchers found that Europeans who enjoy a couple drinks every day have a 21 percent greater chance of developing colorectal as well as esophageal cancer. Meanwhile, heavy drinkers (i.e. people who consume 4 or more drinks per day) have an increased risk of developing pancreatic, liver and gastric cancer. Combined, those 5 conditions are the most common types of cancers in the world. And they kill nearly 3 million people worldwide each year, representing over a third of the total cancer-related deaths per annum.
These findings will likely stun regular liquor consumers since approximately 90 percent of Europeans are unaware of the link between alcohol and cancer, according to the report. Meanwhile, a 2016 Gallup poll found that 51 percent of Americans think there's nothing wrong with having two drinks a day.
So the Trump administration could save American lives if they spent more time on informing the public about the dangers of alcohol and less on stoking fears about marijuana.