By having at least seven drinks of alcohol per week in your early age may increase the risk of high-grade prostate cancer later, a new study has found.
The study also stated that heavy alcohol intake in the age group of 15-19 was not associated with the condition of prostate cancer.
However, consumption of at least seven drinks per week during this age increased the odds of high-grade prostate cancer.
“The prostate is an organ that grows rapidly during puberty, so it’s potentially more susceptible to carcinogenic exposure during the adolescent years,” said co-author Emma Allott, Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina.
“For this reason, we wanted to investigate if heavy alcohol consumption in early life was associated with the aggressiveness of prostate cancer later,” he added.
The study published in the Cancer Prevention Research, the research team evaluated data from 650 men undergoing a prostate biopsy between January 2007 and January 2018.
These men had no history of prostate cancer, and their ages ranged from 49 to 89 years old. The population was also racially diverse and 54% of patients were non-white.
Men also gave answers to some questions which assessed the average number of alcoholic drinks consumed weekly during each decade of life to determine age-specific and cumulative lifetime alcohol intake.
Those who consumed at least seven alcoholic drinks per week at in age groups of 20-29, 30-39 and 40-49 are 3.14, 3.09, and 3.64 times, respectively, likely to suffer from high-grade prostate cancer, as compared to non-drinkers.