Alcoholism & Cancer

Upon checking in to the Sierra by the Sea all clients are evaluated by a physician. At this time the client gets blood taken, x-rays done and a complete health summary of all that is going on in the client body.

For many, years of alcohol abuse and addiction can leave a body in rough shape. As doctors have long known, drinking alcohol is associated with increased cancer risk. The Million Women study, which followed the behaviors, lifestyles and reproductive habits of women over the course of a seven-year period, found that 13 % of certain cancers were linked to alcohol use. Women who were heavy drinkers were more likely to be affected. The cancers linked to alcohol use included: mouth, throat, esophagus, breast, liver and rectal.

Certain types of cancer are more aggressive depending on one’s alcohol habits. For example:

  • Mouth cancer affects up to 70 % of heavy alcohol drinkers.
  • Those imbibing five or more alcoholic drinks per day are more likely to suffer from cancers of the upper digestive tract.
  • Three or more drinks per day can increase cancer risk by up to 41% in men.
  • Two or more drinks per day increases the risk by 20% in women.

Cancer deaths linked to alcohol overall is estimated at 2 to 4%.

Recovering from substance use disorders is a challenging journey that feels more doable in an environment that tends to each individual’s complex needs and strengths. Our goal is to foster a treatment experience that is built on compassion, hope, and caring, and fueled by excellence in the provision of evidence-based and trauma-informed care.

– - Anonymous