Does drinking affect length of survival?


Question from Bonnie: Do you think drinking alcohol has a big effect on your length of survival, if you have too much? Especially during festive periods?
Answers - Larissa Korde Studies have looked at alcohol and breast cancer and the risk of developing breast cancer; those studies seem to show that there's a dose response to that, meaning the more you drink the higher the risk. But I don't think anything has addressed the question of drinking during the holiday period rather than looking at your average in general. So I don't think we can use the data out there to look at drinking differing during one period or another.
Diana Dyer, M.S., R.D. Recent data has shown that alcohol intake also can impact breast cancer survivorship with the same dose-response relationship, so the more you are drinking, the higher your risk of recurrence.

On Tuesday, October 13, 2009, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Nutrition Through the Holidays. Diana Dyer, M.S., R.D. and Larissa Korde, M.D., M.P.H. answered your questions about what and how much to eat when holiday treats abound.

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