How safe is your daily glass of wine?

March 24, 2009
Volume 06    |   Issue 17

It’s disturbing. After hearing about so many studies that found a single glass of wine per day decreased a woman’s risk for heart disease, a study on alcohol and cancer comes along that we can’t ignore. Until this study, there was no data on the risk of alcohol for any cancers other than breast cancer. Now there is.

Most studies suggest wine is superior to other forms of alcohol. It’s packed with resveratrol and other antioxidants that protect the heart. It increases HDL cholesterol (the beneficial kind) and reduces the risk for blood clots. What could be better or more conducive to stress reduction (and high blood pressure) than to end the day sipping a glass of merlot or chardonnay?

Now the largest study of its kind found that even one glass of wine, beer, or other spirits increases a woman’s risk for a number of cancers, including cancer of the breast, colon, liver, and esophagus. And this study was huge. It followed more than a million women for seven years. The researchers are saying that no amount of alcohol is safe for women.

So what are you to do if you have a glass of wine each day? Or more? First, understand that all studies have their limitations — even this one. The women in this study had all gone to clinics in Great Britain for breast cancer screening and may have been different from the general population. The researchers didn’t evaluate their exposure to dietary and other toxins.

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The data for this study also came from questionnaires and may not have been accurate. Perhaps most important, although the researchers could have assessed the risk for heart disease in women who drank alcohol daily, they didn’t. So some important information on the risk of alcohol and other diseases may be missing.

This still leaves us asking, “What should I do?” I say, “It all depends.”

First, remember that each of us has different risks for developing different diseases. If you’re at a high risk for heart disease and low risk for cancer, you may want to continue drinking your single glass of wine.

If, on the other hand, you’re more concerned about your risk for cancer, you may want to limit all pesticides and other toxins in your diet — including alcohol. One solution is to drink organic wines, like Frey. And detoxify.

Give your liver a break from its job of clearing ethanol from your body and give up alcohol a few days a month, or more. Do a spring and fall detox program to give your liver a rest, and support it with plenty of organic fruits and vegetables. During this time, limit your intake of processed foods and caffeine.

Remove pesticide residues (like those from wine grapes) and other toxins that are stored in your body with a product like PectaSol (modified citrus pectin). For more information on this highly effective detoxification formula, the only citrus pectin product with science behind its effectiveness, follow this link.

Your voice of reason in Women's Health,


Lauer, MS and Sorlie, P, “Alcohol, cardiovascular disease, and cancer: treat with caution,” Journ of the Nat’l Cancer Institute, 2009.

“Million Women Study shows even moderate alcohol consumption associated with increased cancer risk,” Journ of the Nat’l Cancer Institute, February 24, 2009.

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