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How Alcohol Damages Your DNA

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  • During a study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, in the previous 30 days, just over 25 percent of people over 18 reported binge drinking and 7 percent reported heavy alcohol use
  • In the short term, alcohol poisoning kills six people every day; alcohol use may also lead to obesity, cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and seven forms of cancer
  • Research demonstrates a product of alcohol metabolism damages DNA and increases your risk for cancers, including cancer of the stomach, pancreas, bowel and breast
  • Exercise may help reduce your craving for alcohol, and supplements such as vitamin C, vitamin B, magnesium, milk thistle and N-acetyl cysteine, may reduce the negative effects of drinking small amounts of alcohol

By Dr. Mercola

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, just over 26 percent of people over 18 reported binge drinking in the previous 30 days of the study when it was performed in 2015. Another 7 percent reported heavy alcohol use. This is congruent with the U.S. Surgeon General's Report showing that substance abuse in the U.S. is skyrocketing, including alcohol abuse.


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