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How alcohol damages stem cell DNA and increases cancer risk

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What government and Big Alcohol doesn’t want the masses to know.

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I'm screwed. Anecdotally speaking, my Japanese father in law developed and passed from cancer of the esophagus and stomach and he was a heavy drinker and smoker. In particular he drank whiskey. I had assumed that the high concentration alcohol in whiskey may cause cancer by irritating the throat, but the above story suggests that it is no alcohol per se, but the metabolic byproduct.

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Q: Can it be passed down genetically through sperm?

Because I am also screwed if that is possible. Both of my parents were raging alcoholics and my father is half Japanese.

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@Suzanne Starr: it is my understanding that alcoholism can be passed down but also includes a strong environmental factor. If you are aware of your inclination it will help you deal with it a lot better than someone in denial. Regarding alcohol clearance, you would probably be aware if you have it if when you drink one or two drinks you become bright red and develop some headache or nausea.

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