The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) reports that women should adhere to a seven-drink weekly limit, but more than 65 percent of freshman women in the United States surpassed that, according to researchers in a new study.
Research from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis shows for the first time, links increased breast cancer risk to drinking between early adolescence and first full-term pregnancy.
“More and more heavy drinking is occurring on college campuses and during adolescence, and not enough people are considering future risk. But, according to our research, the lesson is clear:
If a female averages a drink per day between her first period and her first full-term pregnancy, she increases her risk of breast cancer by 11 percent,” said co-author Graham Colditz, MD, DrPH, associate director for cancer prevention and control at Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine.