An Iranian study reports that the consumption of beverages at very high temperatures roughly doubles the risk of developing esophageal cancer. Download the column
Disulfiram (Antabuse) has been used for 60 years to treat the abusive consumption of alcohol. According to a study recently published in the prestigious journal Nature, this medication also possesses anti-cancer properties which could be exploited in our battle against this disease. Download the column
Alcohol is the drug most commonly consumed by the population, with more than 8 in 10 Quebeckers regularly consuming alcoholic drinks. It seems that this attraction to alcohol is the result of a genetic mutation which occurred several million years ago, even before the appearance of the first Homo sapiens. Download the column
Moderate consumption of alcohol is associated with a decreased risk of heart disease but, in parallel, it slightly increases the risk of breast cancer. For women who drink, it is thus important to carefully weigh the advantages and the disadvantages associated with drinking alcohol. Download this column
The holiday times are, for some, an occasion to share a glass (or two) with family and friends. The biochemical origin of our relationship with alcohol is complex. The attraction to this toxic substance is due to our unique ability to efficiently digest it, a property inherited from our primate ancestors. Download this column.