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Why Drinking alcohol causes cancer

Updated on April 11, 2013
By Hans Voorn
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Drinking Alcohol is killing us

"Inspiration to write is found everywhere today, and mine was to write about alcohol consumption, and its harsh unseen threats towards our overall health"

I like to think of consuming alcohol as killing my brain cells, because actually that's what it does, and so it instantly deters me from picking up and drinking anymore period.

I never really knew what harm it could do when I was much younger and recently learned that alcohol is an extremely acidic beverage that can steer our blood stream rapidly towards the cancer zone.

Meaning that those who drink are even much more susceptible to contracting cancer, due to the fact that the blood stream needs to be more alkaline , then acidic , and by consuming any alcoholic beverage drops a persons immune system instantaneously towards the acidic zones, besides doing harm to the brain by lessening the oxygen levels that are provided by red blood cells, and pretty much suffocating it. This is one main reason why people tend to black out, get dizzy spells, and hang overs actually.

(PH balance is the goal for good health, our blood should be at 7.365 on the PH scale, and according to wikipedia our blood PH should be regulated between 7.34-7.45 on the PH scale.)

This surely unseen health hazard by alcohol consumption Is largely from a blood acidosis condition that quickly emerges, and people have no clue what long term damage its doing to their overall health, lets forget about the chances of getting a DUI or DWI, and all the other negative issues, and baggage that may also occur in the event of being overly intoxicated.

So this is what pretty much halts me in my thought process prior to even thinking about buying a alcoholic beverage, and instead I'm more into drinking green smoothies, and water today, which is the direct opposite of the poisonous alcoholic condition many have fallen victim to time and time again. Actually by adding fresh water, and organic fresh green juices to your diet your chances of getting cancer drops tremendously.

Sexy looking but an extremely rediculous way to have fun


Education is key today!

People need to be re-educated on the whole issue of health overall, and if that we're to occur, such realities as alcoholism may actually be put to an end altogether.

What stopped me in my tracks of drinking was, when I was a Navy Sailor many years back, and when I went out clubbing one night with some cool friends, and I had a bit to much of Bacardi 151. (It has a alcohol content of 75.5% according to wikipedia). So I ended up with tubes all in me in the Hospital, and I almost died from alcohol poisoning right then and there that night.

How the events turned out that night

I had blacked out pretty much, in the dance club's bar area while sitting down at a table, and I hadn't the slightest clue that I was taken by a few Navy friends thereafter back to our Naval barracks where we had resided, and the patrolling petty officers on duty at the time called the ambulance.

Mean while I was unconscious the whole time, and luckily if it weren't for being with some good friends, anything worse could have resulted. The point I'm driving at is, its definitely not worth dieing for, the whole so-called fun of drinking, and the thoughts of partying it up with friends all crazy, all the time. It all spells future alcoholism, and even worst potential death, by many means to such a potential tragic end as its been for many unlucky people who unfortunately didn't escape the alcoholism trap.


A helpful & Inspirational hubber and truly awesome writer

I have written many hubs on the topic of health, but this time its one that has been inspired and motivated by a fellow hubber who shows he cares for the likes of others besides himself, and I located such a hub by him on Facebook.

He goes by the screen name of "the clean life", and I think literally that's what he projects to his viewers, readers, and fans on hubpages, which is that of a much more sober lifestyle to live and lead today.

He just wrote a cool self help article titled,"Things To Think About If You Feel You May Relapse" its on the topic of alcoholism, and it cant hurt to show him some love by giving it a try, especially for the fact that it is set out to help us all, whether we are an alcoholic, one who's recovering, or even if we simply just casually drink. Its great advice for us all to share with our loved ones as well, and he goes into great detail as to many tips about relapsing. It also helps people find ways out of such a retched condition by thinking wisely, and using better judgement.

Drinking definitely takes its toll on the body and on the precious mind

By Declan.Merriman
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What is homeostasis?

Its our bodily way of adjusting our immune system to eventfully fight off disease, and to regain internal biochemical balance and stability pretty much, but the official definition is as follows.

"Homeostasis - is the property of a system that regulates its internal environment and tends to maintain a stable, constant condition of properties such as temperature or pH. It can be either an open or closed system." (Directly referenced from Wikipedia)

The reason why I've chosen to place focus on this definition isn't because I'm a doctor and trying to lecture some students on the subject, or because I just wanted to show case some technical biochemical terminology, its because it pertains to helping people get a closer look into what is actually going on in our brain and blood stream before, and after we decide to consume substances and that of alcohol since that is the very issue being discussed in this article.

Let's drink to that!


Drink now or forever hold your peace, what is wrong with us?

If soda isn't a good thing for your PH balance, then why would alcohol be any better, and so I think of this before ever thinking of picking up an alcoholic beverage, because the damage we are doing to ourselves health wise today is unprecedented, and the numbers of people dieing from all sorts of cancers are getting to become staggering.

My mom died of breast cancer, and my grandad died of throat cancer, and so this gives me all the reason to hate it with a vengeance, and I will do my duty to put an end to the whole cancer thing if its the last thing I do, and so to end this article I leave folks with this thought.

  • Alcohol leads the trail for the quickest and shortest least resistant path to bringing your immune system down and straight into cancers door steps, because its a straight shot to the blood stream, so just think about that prior to picking up a single bottle of beer, or a shot glass, or any other terrifying containers that lead to the whole abuse itself.

Stop Drinking poison already

The reason for beginning the last paragraph with homeostasis is because many people haven't the slightest clue about our bodily systems, because if they actually did, well no one would actually be drinking alcohol for that matter.

This I believe is so, due to the lack of the education system not knowing the truthful knowledge of what blood alcohol levels can actually cause entirely, and the catastrophic diseases that are an end result of flooding the system into a severe acidic state, also known as acidosis. This actually occurs quite frequently to people without them even knowing it, and its mainly caused by consumption of the wrong foods, and non alcoholic beverages.

Definition -

"Acidosis is an increased acidity in the blood and other body tissue (i.e., an increased hydrogen ion concentration). If not further qualified, it usually refers to acidity of the blood plasma." (Directly referenced from wikipedia)

Concluding Statements-

If you were to truly know at all times, that in which you were actually consuming, and the bodily harmful effects of each item you chose to eat or drink on a cellular scale.

Then and only then, would a person decide to make a much more clearer decision, as to even taking such a risky choice to drink yet any substance other than that of water. This is a given fact mainly, because many of the modern day convenient ways of consuming foods and drinks are leading directly towards cancers way, and especially that of alcohol consumption.



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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Thanks healthylife2, I am so happy you found this very article, and thanks to both Clean Life, and Billybuc I decided to create this article.

      Plus people need as much info as possible today, to see what it is they are actually doing to their immune systems as a whole. i hope you find your balance for yourself and all, and I know your on the right path for sure, keep up the good work, and awesome research of it all, plus informing people of better options, and such a balance shall sustain, and maintain itself for sure. Good Luck!

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Excellent information as to why alcohol is really detrimental to our health and the goal of trying to keep our body more alkaline. My time in college sounds like your time in the navy when alcohol was new to me and I passed out more than once but also had a lot of fun. Since that time I only ever drank a few times a year especially because I have children to take care of and couldn't be hungover. I have to admit I miss wine a few times a year and maybe will go back to that when I'm confident about my overall health and know my body is remaining alkaline. The Clean Life and Billybuc are both inspirations and I admire their strength. I'm hoping that it's possible to have fun and eat healthy but still trying to discover that answer.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @JC the Nomad, First off my new friend, welcome to hubpages, I've noticed by checking out your account that you are new here, it is nice to meet you.

      Second, I would like to address the part of your comment where you've stated "everyone knows", quite frankly that is not a true statement. Everyone meaning who? is what I ask back to you before I decide to fully respond to your not so pleasant remarks towards my hub here.

      Third, hubbing is something I take seriously, and knowledge is what I research and have to bear, so I take these comments seriously as well as for whomever leaves me them. You need to rethink how you step your way through these comment area's, because your leaving your mark and presence each step of the way.

      Either way good luck! in your hubpages career here I hope you learn to make friends with others who won't leave you messages like you just left me here & I digress on that note. Oh and what a way to begin as a new hubber wow!

      Enjoy your stay, and maybe try to pump the brakes a bit on being so harsh, it will only help you in the inevitable outcome of stepping on the wrong people digitally here as a commenter, you have a long hub career ahead of you.

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      JC the Nomad 5 years ago from Right now, Missouri.

      I feel like this is an after school special. Come on man, everyone knows what alcohol does to the body. But the key is moderation. Too much of anything can be bad for you. Even the sun can cause cancer if you're exposed to it for too long. Also, alcohol doesn't kill brain cells, that's a myth.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      SweetiePie I can't agree with you more, yup drinking and driving is definitely a terrible habit to adopt, and I believe its very selfish of folks to do so for sure. Putting not only your own life at risk, but that of children, mothers, the elderly, is such a horrible thing.

      Thanks for the comment and I'll definitely make it my way around to folks soon, its touch but I'll do my best in terms of sharing the hublove.

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      SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA

      The one thing I do not like about alcoholics are those who think they can drink and drive. If you want to drink, call a cab. I hate hearing about people driving, and putting others at risk.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Thank you @MsDora for reading my hub here, and for sharing with me today, yes indeed folks need differing forms of info and inspiration to help cure many self inflicted conditions, and being armed with the right info definitely does the job.

      Lets hope more people can find it of use to them as well, it came from my cancer research to discover what happened to my mother, because she passed away with breast cancer years back.

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      Dora Weithers 5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Your inspiration for today turns out to be inspiring for others. Thanks for the details you have shared on acidosis etc. I especially like the inset, "Drink Now . . "

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @SweetiePie, Well the problem comes in with folks who over due it, this hub isn't really about those who have a few glasses of wine every now and then during the holidays and all, and Wine isn't such a high alcohol content level as liquor and beer, but I didn't specify which levels are the most dangerous.

      Some folks actually think Wine is healthy for the body, but if the blood of a person is overly acidic, well any alcohol can and will hurt them when it comes to fighting cancer off pretty much, and abuse of any alcohol will definitely leave a person even more vulnerable to the disease pretty much.

      I think that moderation of everything we consume today is needed, mainly because we can also do harm if we go to far on the alkaline side of things, the key is maintaining that good ole PH balance for sure, and no matter what.

      Thanks for the cool feedback, I definitely appreciate your insight into it all, and since I left out that little bit of info about Wine. Your comment definitely was relevant as fit right into it for sure.

      Maybe I will up the ante on the hub and give the accurate info on the differing drinks, and their actual alcohol level effects on the blood by content as well. I'll see as thing progress here further. Awesome feedback!

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @ChristyWrites , thanks Christy for spreading the hub love, its cool that you haven't had any bad experiences with drinking, or gotten into to it all, because it can get pretty ugly and real quick.

      In college I met many people who were alcoholics there, and their grade plummeted because of it.

      I just hope they found the strength to finally kick the bad habit. I hope it travels far and helps as many folks as possible who need such advice, and knowledge, I figured why not help spread the knowledge, you know.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @TToombso8, thank you for the cool comment and for taking the time out to read my hub here, I appreciate everyone who visits for sure, and will try to repay the favor as soon as I can.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Thank you @Thumbi7, for checking my hub out here that was cool of you.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Thank you @Living Well Now for visiting, reading and sharing.

      Yes indeed some folks just do it because its been in their family for ever, and its a fad for others, but either way its a terrible habit to form, and to attempt at acting as if its o.k. or its cool, when its not at all.

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      SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA

      It all depends on if you have an addictive personality. I have never drank, but I know people who can have a glass of wine, and no problem. Today we have alcoholics, but we also have people who are addicted to the Internet, or anything other thing possible. If you let something take over your life, it probably will.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I do not drink alcohol but I have known a few people that have had issues with the drink. Very useful hub that I will share. Vote up.

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Great hub. I'm fortunate not to have had anyone in my life that abused alcohol. This is great information, thank you for writing this! Voted up and more.

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      A well written thought provoking hub!

      I congratulate you for the attempt in educating the mass about the ill effects of alcoholism.

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      Living Well Now 5 years ago from Near Indianapolis

      Alcohol addiction ruins more than a few lives through health, legal and family problems. It affects all socio-economic stratas. I've seen many high-income professionals throw down 3+ drinks a day for years and still function professionally, but had family and health problems.

      I read where people who buy expensive liquors claiming superior taste and quality, fool themselves into thinking they're connoisseurs when they're really satisfying their alcohol cravings.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Hey billybuc, I'm following in your footsteps here, as well as many others like Mark aka "the clean life".

      I definitely have had my run in's with drinking alcohol and thank god for my incident in the US Navy, I was lead far away from approaching alcoholism.

      I will do my part in trying to prevent anyone from going to far with things, and to help spread the heath consciousness and awareness that need to be delivered worldwide for sure, and we both are more like new aged digital soldiers of fortune here on Hubpages, the much more refined an newer recruits that is out the bunch, LOL :)

      Thanks Bill for the cool comment, and I'll see you in your next hub I locate as well.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      As I have written about many times, alcohol can rob us of our lives. I am one of the lucky alcoholics who managed to stop the insanity in time to still be productive and enjoy life. While I write this there are those dying of this disease.....and what's is all legal.

      This is easily the most dangerous drug on the market today because it is acceptable and considered cool.

      Hooray to you for spreading the message.

      your friend and happy alcoholic,