How Does Alcohol Increase the Risk of Cancer? | Dr. Andrew Huberman

It increases tumor growth and it decreases the sorts of molecules that suppress and combat tumor growth . So again , even low to moderate amounts of alcohol can be problematic for the sake of cancers . In particular breast cancers , epidemiologists and health specialists love to try and compare different substances in terms of how bad they are .

How Does Alcohol Increase the Risk of Cancer? | Dr. Andrew Huberman

It also led to a lot of crime because it became a , a substance that a lot of people still wanted and that people were willing to break the law in order to provide or I should say to sell and provide . But the point is that the more alcohol people drink , the greater their increase of cancer , in particular breast cancer . And that's because of the fact that alcohol has these effects on cells that include changes in gene expression and cancer .

How Does Alcohol Increase the Risk of Cancer? | Dr. Andrew Huberman

And in particular because breast tissue is present in both males and females , but in women , it's especially vulnerable to some of the DNA methylation changes . Well , breast cancer in women has a relationship to alcohol intake and alcohol intake has a relationship to breast cancer in women . In fact , there has been proposed to be a anywhere from 4 to 13% increase in risk of breast cancer for every 10 g of alcohol consumed .

How Does Alcohol Increase the Risk of Cancer? | Dr. Andrew Huberman

Well , the relationship is there and yet we don't often hear about it , right . In fact , in , before researching this episode , I had heard before that alcohol can increase cancer risk , but I wasn't aware of just how strong that relationship is because of the serious nature of what we're talking about . And because I would hate to be confusing or misleading to anybody .

How Does Alcohol Increase the Risk of Cancer? | Dr. Andrew Huberman

And the two things are consumption of folate and other B vitamins , especially B 12 . You know , the the consumption of folate and B 12 has been shown to decrease cancer risk in people that ingest alcohol but not completely offset it . Why ?