Visit any college campus, dorm or Greek "row" during nighttime, and you'll see a bunch of college students partying and drinking. Males and females downing shots, playing beer pong - it's no secret that the college culture involves heavy drinking a lot of the times. But what these students may not be aware of are the dangers alcohol brings, in this case, especially for women.
College women who are drinking before motherhood (and let's assume that most college students have not had a child yet) have an increased chance of getting breast cancer. According to research from Washington University in St. Louis, "If a female averages a drink per day between her first period and her first full-term pregnancy, she increases her risk of breast cancer by 11 percent."
One drink equals a shot of liquor, a bottle of beer or a glass of wine.
To decrease risks, women should stick to less than one drink a day. For those who choose to drink, there have been previous studies that have shown that healthy diet and exercise can decrease your risk of cancer. However, please be aware that these studies did not focus on alcohol consumption. More research needs to be done on how young women can combat alcohol's adverse affects if they wish to continue drinking.
For more information on this study, click here.