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I understand everyone has their own beliefs and thoughts on alcohol, but I'm really hoping for some honest non-judgemental insight. Beginning last April I've been having a glass or two of vodka once a week during the weekend. In October there was few weekends I drink three glasses, but over a seven hour period.
In the September/October time frame I ended up with hemorrhoids (bloody stool). Then again in February of this year I had another bloody stool, that at the time made me fearful of drinking any more so I stopped. As I began reading about how alcohol can lead to cancer and cause bloody stools, among other things.
Then earlier this month I finally saw a doctor who said that the hemorrhoids (that until that visit I didn't know I actually had) are natural in many men (I'm now 41). I briefly told the doctor about the alcohol and that I had stopped drinking for two months out of fear. I was told that it was fine that I stopping drinking for the time. When I asked if drinking some vodka on the weekends is safe in regard cancer, they said that was also fine as long as it was a reasonable amount.
The issue now is that all the information on various "expert" web sites I've found changes one article to the next. I've found some articles say that any amount of alcohol can lead to cancer, others say that a little alcohol a day is healthy. Then there are the articles that say this or that many units per week should not be exceeded.
The last article I looked at said, those over 40 have an increased risk of cancer and heart disease with drinking alcohol.
I'm to the point where I'm so overwhelmed by what I've read and what I've previously drank over the past year. That I'm worried about even looking at vodka, which is annoying as I really enjoy(ed) it once a week.
As for my overall health, I speed walk daily during breaks. I watch what I eat, eat white meat chicken, grains, vegetables. I do pretty well keeping my fat, sugar, and sodium, and cholosteral intake low. I take vitamin supplements. But I do snack, mostly on organic snacks, but occasionally on cookies or chips. Oh, and I have an occasional heart palpatation which I've had since my very earlier teens due to anxiety.
The vodka that I began enjoying one day a week last year, allows me to relax for a few hours. I just don't want that "relaxation" to be at the price of my health.
So, I'd be grateful for any insight on this! Oh and sorry for the long read, I didn't intend for it to be so involved,
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