Did you know that most countries with a low suicide rate also have high poverty rates? Did you further know that wealthier countries tend to see alcohol as less likely to give you cancer? In a recent study mentioned in an article from Bloomberg.com it is noted that:
About 42 percent of people in rich countries such as the U.S. and the U.K. say alcohol intake doesn’t increase the risk of cancer, compared with 26 percent of people in middle-income countries and 15 percent in low-income countries, according to a survey carried out for the Geneva-based International Union Against Cancer, or UICC.
The problem is that alcohol does bring a significant increase in the risk of developing certain types of cancer.
Studies indicate that heavy drinking can increase the risk of liver, head and neck, and esophageal cancers, and even moderate drinking has been shown to increase the risk of breast tumors, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute.
It seems that most people in affluent countries think that living an otherwise healthy life, will alleviate any detrimental effects alcohol might have. The study stated that more people from wealthy countries think stress and air pollution carry much greater cancer risks, though stress has no obvious link to cancer, and air pollution is of minor importance. While cancer rates skyrocket, and drinking is just as vital as ever, people continue to lead their lives in a state of perpetual ignorance. C’est la vie.