Can I get lung cancer from drinking alcohol?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Drinking alcoholic beverages can increase the risk of cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, breast, colon, and liver. It is not clear why, but alcohol may contain damaging chemicals or produce toxic materials when it is digested and metabolized. Alcohol also may affect hormones such as estrogen, which is known to fuel certain cancers of the breast, ovaries, and uterus. Alcohol also can reduce certain nutrients that can protect against cancer.
Although there is a clear link between alcohol consumption and cancer of the throat and esophagus, there is no proven link between alcohol consumption and lung cancer. However, the combination of smoking and heavy alcohol consumption greatly increases the risk for throat and esophageal cancer.

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