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How does drinking wine affect my risk for breast cancer?

Dr. Robin Miller, MD
Internal Medicine

If you like a glass of wine with dinner, you may worry that your indulgence is increasing your risk of breast cancer. In this video, Dr. Robin Miller  explains how the right wine may actually help protect you against that dreaded disease.


Research has linked alcohol consumption with an increased risk for breast cancer. This is particularly true if a woman drinks more than 1 glass of alcohol -- 1 ounce (oz) of spirits, 5 to 6 oz of wine or 12 oz of beer -- a day. While there is a strong association, no studies have demonstrated that drinking alcohol directly causes breast cancer. It is fairly safe to say, however, that consuming more than one to two drinks per day is not good for you and may increase your risk of breast cancer.

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