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These Deadly Diseases Are Proof Drinking Is Just as Dangerous as Other Drugs

What’s the best part about the 9-to-5 work grind? Happy hour, of course. But while you’re busy at the bar going for your third cocktail by 7 p.m., you could be doing more damage to your body than you realize. There are some sinister effects alcohol can have on your body that you’re probably not even aware of.

You’re severely increasing your chances of getting one of these diseases with a heavy drinking habit– many of which can kill you.

1. Cancer

The diagnosis Colon Cancer written on a clipboard

The diagnosis Colon Cancer written on a clipboard You’re significantly increasing your risk for developing colon cancer with a drinking habit. | iStock.com/Zerbor

Yes, you read right — your drinking habit could lead to cancer. A literature review in the journal Addiction says drinking could cause seven different types of cancer, namely in the mouth, esophagus, liver, colon, rectum, and breast.

Jennie Connor, the writer of the review from the department of preventative and social medicine at the University of Otago, says this really isn’t news. Researchers have known for a long time there’s a direct link between cancer and alcohol consumption, but it’s not taken as seriously as it needs to be. Keep this in mind the next time you’re headed out on a Saturday night.

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