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Can Holiday Drinking Increase Your Risk For Cancer?

Texoma party-goers may not want to overindulge this New Year's Eve.

That's because some Texas researchers found evidence even a small amount of alcohol can up the risk of cancer.

Newschannel 6 Lindsey Rogers looked into it and spoke with a Wichita Falls oncologist to see what he thought.

"Logically we'd have to think the less often you binge drink, the less your risk is going to be," Dr. Kent Ulrich said.

Medical professionals at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston claim even a small amount of alcohol increases your chances of developing oral, breast and liver cancers.

But Dr. Kent Ulrich said there are a lot of unanswered questions surrounding this specific research.

"Is this a "binge" drinker once a year, or every week? Those are questions we have to ask, is it a cumulative effect? Someone who frequently binge drinks, or they may have more total alcohol consumption than social drinker," Dr. Ulrich said.

Dr. Ulrich says head, neck and mouth are the most predominant cancers linked to alcohol use.

While there are speculations the toxins in alcohol are what damage cells, there are also plenty of studies that show not everything about the hard stuff is bad.

"The health beneficial effects attributed to alcohol are with wine, red wine," Dr. Ulrich said.

Dr. Ulrich said the best recommendation any time of the year is to drink in moderation.

"I think the risk of alcohol related injury involving something like a automobile accident is probably higher than one night of binge drinking," he said.

When exercising moderation, doctors recommend one drink per day for women and two for men.

Lindsey Rogers, Newschannel 6

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