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Alcohol use may cause gut damage and increase cancer risk

Alcohol use may cause gut damage and increase cancer risk
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Alcohol use may cause gut damage and increase cancer risk  Medical News Today

Alcohol use may cause gut damage and increase cancer risk

Drinking Alcohol and its Impact on Gut Health

Alcohol consumption, even in moderate amounts, can have detrimental effects on health. The harmful use of alcohol is associated with various health problems, including liver disease, pancreatitis, mental health issues, and certain cancers such as gastric cancer and colorectal cancer.

According to the World Health Organization, approximately 3 million deaths worldwide each year are linked to alcohol use. Researchers from the National Institute of Health have recently conducted a study to further understand how alcohol affects the gastrointestinal system, particularly the small and large intestines. This condition is known as alcohol-associated bowel disease.

How Alcohol Affects the Gastrointestinal System

When alcohol is consumed, it immediately begins to affect the gastrointestinal system. It is absorbed into the bloodstream through the stomach and intestines. The presence of alcohol in the bloodstream can lead to various health issues. The body metabolizes alcohol, breaking it down into acetaldehyde, a carcinogenic compound. Although acetaldehyde is eventually converted into harmless substances, it can still cause damage before being eliminated from the body.

The Link Between Alcohol and Gastrointestinal Diseases

Prior research has shown that alcohol consumption is associated with an increased risk of developing gastric cancer and colorectal cancer. The carcinogens released by alcohol can affect the cells in these organs, as well as other gastrointestinal organs such as the pancreas and esophagus.

Furthermore, alcohol can alter the gut microbiome, which plays a crucial role in overall health. Changes in the gut microbiome can contribute to the development of gastrointestinal diseases. The exact mechanisms by which alcohol-associated bowel disease occurs are not fully understood, highlighting the need for further research in this area.

Reducing the Risk of Gastrointestinal Issues

To lower the risk of alcohol-associated bowel disease, gastric cancer, and colorectal cancer, it is essential to address drinking habits. Seeking treatment for alcohol use disorder through programs like 12-step programs or rehabilitation programs can significantly reduce alcohol intake and improve overall health. Additionally, adopting a healthy diet, avoiding excessive red meat consumption, increasing fiber intake, and following a Mediterranean diet can enhance gut function and maintain gut health.

It is crucial to raise awareness among the general public about the impact of alcohol consumption on the gut microbiome. Manipulation and changes in the bacterial flora within the gut, as well as decreased diversity of bacteria, may contribute to the development of various cancers. Further research is needed to better understand these mechanisms and develop targeted therapeutic approaches.

SDGs, Targets, and Indicators

1. Which SDGs are addressed or connected to the issues highlighted in the article?

  • SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13: Climate Action
  • SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions

2. What specific targets under those SDGs can be identified based on the article’s content?

  • SDG 3.4: By 2030, reduce by one-third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being.
  • SDG 6.3: By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping, and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials.
  • SDG 11.6: By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management.
  • SDG 12.5: By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling, and reuse.
  • SDG 13.3: Improve education, awareness-raising, and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction, and early warning.
  • SDG 16.1: Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere.

3. Are there any indicators mentioned or implied in the article that can be used to measure progress towards the identified targets?

  • Indicator for SDG 3.4: Mortality rate attributed to alcohol consumption
  • Indicator for SDG 6.3: Concentration of alcohol-related pollutants in water sources
  • Indicator for SDG 11.6: Air quality index in areas with high alcohol consumption
  • Indicator for SDG 12.5: Amount of alcohol-related waste generated and recycled
  • Indicator for SDG 13.3: Public awareness and knowledge about the link between alcohol consumption and climate change
  • Indicator for SDG 16.1: Incidents of violence and crime related to alcohol consumption

Table: SDGs, Targets, and Indicators

SDGs Targets Indicators
SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being Target 3.4: By 2030, reduce by one-third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being. Mortality rate attributed to alcohol consumption
SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation Target 6.3: By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping, and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials. Concentration of alcohol-related pollutants in water sources
SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities Target 11.6: By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management. Air quality index in areas with high alcohol consumption
SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production Target 12.5: By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling, and reuse. Amount of alcohol-related waste generated and recycled
SDG 13: Climate Action Target 13.3: Improve education, awareness-raising, and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction, and early warning. Public awareness and knowledge about the link between alcohol consumption and climate change
SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions Target 16.1: Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere. Incidents of violence and crime related to alcohol consumption

Note: The indicators listed in the table are hypothetical and may need further development for accurate measurement.

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Source: medicalnewstoday.com

 

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