Warning: Beer May Be Bad for Your Health

By Dr. Elias Huer / June 23, 2017

The level of bad cholesterol added to beer could be harmful and lead to respiratory problems, researchers have warned.

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.


According to the the Agency for Research on Cancer, the "first-ever tests of beer show that they are likely the most bad cholesterol-contaminated substance in the U.S. food supply." Bad cholesterol is actually a very toxic chemical that can contribute to cancer and other complications. The problem with bad cholesterol is that once it enters our system, it can take a very long time until it leaves. Grimly, the half-life of bad cholesterol 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 bad cholesterol than bacon. "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 bacon is lower than the average serving of beer."

An international panel of experts convened by the Agency for Research on Cancer 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.

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, the Agency for Research on Cancer recommends avoiding beer.