License to drink? Hardly. But if you insist on drinking three or more alcoholic drinks a day, be sure to drop by Starbucks for coffee. No, it won’t make up for the regrets last night, but the coffee could prevent liver cancer.
If you need medical research to show you that your partying ways could lead to cancer, the London-based World Cancer Research Fund has it. Alcohol is not your friend, no matter what your mind is telling you at 2am. Three or more alcoholic drinks per day significantly raises your risk of liver cancer.
The research team compiled the findings in the Liver Cancer 2015 report. Based off 354 studies, the team used health data from more than 8 million men and women, including 24,600 cases of liver cancer.
Yeah, it’s thorough.
While alcohol was painted in a dark light, the review of the studies did find positive correlation between regular coffee consumption and decreased liver cancer risk.
Coffee could act as a shield for your alcohol consumption. Is that recommended? Hell no, but if you are essentially binge drinking every night, coffee probably won’t hurt.
While the correlation was found, the coffee’s anti-cancer mechanism was not, leading to calls for more research. Some researchers point to its antioxidant effects.
Just so you know, we are talking black coffee. Not the coffee flavored milkshake from your friendly barista.
“Mechanisms that support a protective effect of coffee on liver cancer relate largely to studies in animals, although some human studies contribute to the evidence,” researchers wrote in the recently released report.
“Both coffee and coffee extracts have also been shown to reduce the expression of genes involved in inflammation, and the effects appear to be most pronounced in the liver,” the report concludes.
Before you load up the cases of beer and stock up on coffee, realize liver cancer is the second deadliest form of cancer in the world. In 2012, 746,000 people died from the disease.
Some symptoms of the disease include:
Gastrointestinal: vomiting, fluid in the abdomen, or bloating.
Whole body: fatigue, loss of appetite, cancer-related fatigue, or nausea.
Also common: weight loss, itching, or yellow skin and eyes.
So, while correlation between coffee and reducing liver cancer was found, there are better ways to reduce your risk. Number one? Quit drinking. Want a good time? Go for a hike. Run. Physical activity.
We know the mantra. Healthy lifestyle choices.
Save up your partying for special occasions. No one should wake up everyday looking like they just ran a gauntlet of EDM festivals, sports bars and a Super Bowl bender.