Bar hopping is fun. I know, I just did some in New York City this weekend. But, if you make a habit out of it, you've got problems. And I'm not talking about hangovers and coyote ugly!



Regular heavy drinking increases the risk of developing different types of cancer, such as esophageal, stomach, colon, liver, pancreatic, lung and prostate cancer. Wow!

The list is long, but the results of the study, published in the journal Cancer Detection and Prevention, vary from cancer to cancer, and type of alcohol. For heavy beer and liquor the cancer link was stronger than moderate intake of wine.

Cancers most affected by lots of drinking were esophageal cancer, with a sevenfold higher risk, 80% for colon cancer, and 50% for lung cancer.

Alcohol is a toughie for me--I'm young, single and awkward--so it helps in social situations. But, I'm also health savvy, it's a puzzling middle ground.

What about you? How do you balance booze and health?