Alcohol's Health Benefits Don't Outweigh Risks

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A new warning says drinking alcohol increases your risk of certain types of cancer.

Moderate alcohol consumption has been shown to reduce the risk of certain diseases like dementia and heart disease.

But experts at the American Cancer Society and American Heart Association say that's not a reason to start drinking.

The risks of getting cancer far outweigh the benefits of protection against those diseases.

HealthDay News reports drinking any alcohol is now known to raise your risk of cancers of the liver, rectum, breast, colon, mouth and throat.

*Originally published October 21, 2009

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