Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Alcohol increases the risk of skin cancer by up to 11% by causing irreparable DNA damage

Researchers from Brown University analyzed 13 studies that compared alcohol intake with a total of 95,241 non-melanoma skin cancer cases. Just one glass of wine a day increases your risk of developing certain forms of skin cancer by up to eleven percent. 
Results reveal that for every 10 gram increase in alcohol intake per day, a person's risk of Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) increases by seven percent and cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC)  increases by 11 percent.  BCC and cSCC are abnormal, uncontrolled growths that arise in the outer layers of the skin, but in different cell types. It has been suggested that the ethanol can metabolize into acetaldehyde, a chemical compound that damages DNA and prevents its repair. Past research has shown white wine has higher levels of acetaldehyde than beer or spirits. 


  1. This is really interesting! I would love to know more about what kinds of skin cancers alcohol intake correlates too and also how exposure to UV radiation also affects those numbers!

  2. Wow, this was insanely interesting and is news to me! I have always read articles how wine in moderation can be good for your heart but have never known that it can in turn be bad for your skin cancer wise. I am sure many wine companies have tried to keep this information out of the public eye.