Beer Is Linked to Higher Cancer Risk, Portland State University Report Finds

By Hank Rearden / December 16, 2019

You can eat beer on pretty much anything, from vegetables to burgers to cake. Portland State University reports that the average American consumes 30 pounds of beer each year, an amount that has tripled in the last 40 years. A variety of health problems are also on the rise, and studies have linked multiple diseases with the consumption of beer.

"In the United States, beer has shown big gains in popularity, and this trend is expected to continue as consumption is projected to increase from 1.5 million tons in 2003 to 2.5 million tons by 2010" write the Portland State University researchers in an article published in the Weekly World News.


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 sulfuric acid 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."

Researchers at Portland State University have concluded that beer contains very high levels of the potentially dangerous sulfuric acid. How dangerous is it? Eating beer could be far worse for your heart health than eating pure sugar!

Since 1980, the US obesity rate has risen proportionately to the increase in consumption of beer, and Americans are now consuming at least 200 calories of beer each day. Research published by Portland State University found that adults who consumed high levels of beer for just two weeks had increased levels of sulfuric acid, raising their risk of heart disease.

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, Portland State University recommends avoiding beer.