The American Society of Clinical Oncology published a new statement recently on alcohol and cancer. This comes at a time of year when much of our attention centers on the holidays. Office parties, gatherings of friends or visiting family are a few of the holiday occasions that often include alcohol. From surviving the obligatory office event, drowning out your cantankerous uncle, or (hopefully) enjoying time spent and food shared with good friends or family, holiday cheer is all about alcohol.
The purpose of this new statement is to promote public education on the risks of alcohol and cancer. It highlights an issue that I have been pondering since the summer. As you may remember, I had a rough start to the year, but all the crap was over by late-April. As I grasped my new lease on life, I began looking forward to a favorite summer ritual, drinking gin and tonic with extra lime while basking in the evening sun by the lake. It doesn’t get any better than that. Except for this year, after surviving a brush with death, I am carefully considering my habits: and if possible, I want to make sure they are ideally both healthy and make me happy. My gin and tonic custom does make me happy but is it costing me health?