At any time alcohol can cause cancer and problems in your DNA, no matter how much you ingest
5.9% of the world population has died due to alcohol consumption, that is, 3.9 million people due to excessive drinking, consumption habits and on a few occasions because of its quality, according to data provided by the World Health Organization 2012.
Alcohol can produce a greater probability of acquiring some type of cancer and severely and permanently affect your Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA), which is responsible for providing all the genetic information of any living being (human beings, animals and plants).
According to research carried out by scientists at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology of the Medical Research Council of the United Kingdom, an explanation of these affectations caused by alcohol is believed to have been found after having done tests with mice (due to its similarity in basic organic structure with the human).
According to this study, after giving them ethanol (diluted alcohol), the chemical that is produced when alcohol is processed called acetaldehyde, severely damaged the DNA in the stem cells responsible for making up the blood, causing double chain breaks and with this permanent disorders.
This occurs every time alcohol is consumed in large volumes, which causes the body to struggle to metabolize it, but if this is continuous it causes disorders in the DNA.
In the best of cases, a group of enzymes (proteins that catalyze a wide variety of chemical reactions in organisms) are responsible for neutralizing acetaldehyde into acetate that the body can use for energy.
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Enzymes to the rescue!
It has always been said that the body is ‘wise’ in most cases, because it has the necessary elements to defend itself or counteract something that is causing it harm, and this is no exception.
Enzymes are capable of breaking down harmful acetaldehyde into acetate, which cells can use as an energy source. People who lack enzymes or have defective versions of these, when ingesting alcohol accumulate acetaldehyde causing discomfort and a flushed complexion.
“Our study highlights that not processing alcohol effectively can lead to an increased risk of alcohol-related problems, and therefore certain cancers,” says the professor who co-led the study.
The WHO Cancer Research Agency classifies alcohol as a promoter of group 1 cancer, in fact it is associated with an increased risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, larynx, breast, liver and intestine.
Of course, this not only happens in abuse, it can also happen to people who take it sporadically since the DNA elimination and repair system is not clean, it will depend on the defense mechanisms as well.
The alcoholic drink with measure and sporadic, can be enjoyed better without harming your loved ones and you with accidents and illnesses. If you or someone close to you abuse this liquid, do not leave him alone and ask for professional help. You already saw that it is not just a hangover, a life is involved. Take care and share!