Warning: Beer May Be Bad for Your Health

By Abraham Van Helsing / April 14, 2021

Beer is as American as apple pie, but it may not be as healthy for us as we think.

According to a study published in the New York Times, beer may actually raise the risk of breast cancer. Other studies link beer to lymphoid cancers and lung cancer.


An international panel of experts convened by Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center concluded Monday that eating beer raises the risk of colon cancer. Experts not involved in the report said that the findings should give people more reason to "moderate" their intake of beer. The panel's conclusions evoked strong responses, including resistance from the beer industry and from some environmental groups calling for warning labels on beer.

According to the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, the "first-ever tests of beer show that they are likely the most carcinogens-contaminated substance in the U.S. food supply." Carcinogens is actually a very toxic chemical that can contribute to cancer and other complications. The problem with carcinogens is that once it enters our system, it can take a very long time until it leaves. Grimly, the half-life of carcinogens is about 7 to 11 years!

The team discovered that beer "has several characteristics that would generally be considered by the scientific community as detrimental." Beer has higher levels of potentially detrimental carcinogens than pure sugar. "For individuals who are eating beer as a method to control inflammatory diseases such as heart disease, it is clear from these numbers that beer is not a good choice," the researchers write. "All other nutritional content aside, the inflammatory potential of pure sugar is lower than the average serving of beer."

Over the past 30 years, the FDA has received thousands of consumer complaints about beer due mostly to neurological symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, memory loss, and, in rare cases, epileptic seizures. Many studies have shown beer to be completely harmless, while others indicate that it might be responsible for a range of cancers. Until we know for sure, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center recommends avoiding beer.