Alcohol and Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

There is strong evidence from around the world that drinking alcoholic beverages reduces the risk of developing non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.*

Drinking alcohol appears to reduce the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. In addition, the moderate consumption of alcohol is associated with better health and greater longevity than is either abstaining from alcohol or drinking abusively.

Moderate drinking has been described by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) as a man consuming four drinks on any day and an average of 14 drinks per week. For women, it is consuming three drinks in any one day and an average of seven drinks per week.

A standard alcoholic drink is:

Standard drinks contain equivalent amounts of alcohol. To a breathalyzer, they're all the same.

There is no evidence that any form of alcohol (beer, wine, or liquor -- distilled spirits) confers greater health benefits than another.

 

* The terms "non-hodgkin's" and "non-Hodgkin" are both used in the scientific medical research literature.

Note: This website provides no recommendations for drinking alcohol and non-Hodgkin lymphoma or for any other health or medical matter and none should be inferred.

Readings on Alcohol and Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma:

  • Alexander, DD., et al. The non-Hodgkin lymphomas: A review of the epidemiologic literature. International Journal of Cancer, 2007, 120(S12), 1-39.
  • Brown, L.M., et al. Alcohol consumption and risk of leukemia, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and multiple myeloma. Leukemia Research,1992, 16(10), 979-984.
  • Chang, E.T., et al. Alcohol intake and risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in men and women. Cancer Causes and Control, 2004, 15(10), 1067-1076.
  • Chiu, B.C., et al. Alcohol consumption and non-Hodgkin lymphoma in a cohort of older women. British Journal of Cancer, 1999, 80(9), 1476-82.
  • Ekström-Smedby, Karin. Epidemiology and etiology of non-Hodgkin lymphoma – a review. Acta Oncologica, 2006, 45(3), 258-271.
  • Hagner, P.R., et al. alcohol consumption and decreased risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma: role of mTOR dysfunction. Blood, 2009, 113(22), 5526.
  • Lim, U., et al. Alcohol, smoking, and body size in relation to incident Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma risk. American Journal of Epidemiology, 2007, 166(6), 697-708.
  • Lim, U., et al. Dietary Determinants of One-Carbon Metabolism and the Risk of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma: NCI-SEER Case-Control Study, 1998–2000. American Journal of Epidemiology, 2005, 162(10), 953-964.
  • Monnerau, A., et al. Cigarette smoking, alcohol drinking, and risk of lymphoid neoplasms: results of a French case–control study, Cancer Causes and Control, 2008, 19(10), 1147-1160.
  • Morton, L.M. An Epidemiological Investigation of the Roles of Alcohol Consumption and Cigarette Smoking in the Etiology of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. Thesis. Yale University, 2004.
  • Morton, L.M., et al. Alcohol consumption and risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma: a pooled analysis. Lancet Oncology, 2005, 6(7), 469-76.
  • Nelson, R.A., et al. Alcohol, tobacco and recreational drug use and the risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. British Journal of Cancer, 1997, 76(11), 1532-1537.
  • Polesel, J., et al. Dietary folate, alcohol consumption, and risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Nurtition and Cancer, 2007, 57(2), 146-150.
  • Tavani, A., et al. Alcohol drinking and risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. European Journal of clinical Nutrition, 2001, 55(10), 824-826.
  • Willett, E.V., et al. Tobacco and alcohol consumption and the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Cancer Causes and Control, 2004, 15(8), 771-780.

References:

  • 1. Morton, L.M., et al. Alcohol consumption and risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma: a pooled analysis. Lancet Oncology, 2005, 6(7), 469-76.
  • 2. Lim, U., et al. Alcohol, smoking, and body size in relation to incident Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma risk. American Journal of Epidemiology, 2007, 166(6), 697-708.
  • 3. Lim, U., et al. Dietary Determinants of One-Carbon Metabolism and the Risk of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma: NCI-SEER Case-Control Study, 1998–2000. American Journal of Epidemiology, 2005, 162(10), 953-964.
  • 4. Chiu, B.C., et al. Alcohol consumption and non-Hodgkin lymphoma in a cohort of older women. British Journal of Cancer, 1999, 80(9), 1476-82.
  • 5. Nelson, R.A., et al. Alcohol, tobacco and recreational drug use and the risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. British Journal of Cancer, 1997, 76(11), 1532-1537.
  • 6. Besson H., et al. Tobacco smoking, alcohol drinking and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma: a European multicenter case-control study (Epilymph). International Journal of Cancer, 2006, 119(4), 901-8.

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