Melanoma is a deadly form of skin cancer, which affects around 160,000 people all around the world each year. Some recent studies have found that the dangerous skin cancer might actually be linked to the amount of alcohol a person drinks daily.
Ethanol, which transforms into acetaldehyde, has the ability to alter human immunity in such a way that it can lead to cellular damage and the formation of skin cancer. A team of scientists conducted 16 studies on the subject and found that there was a link between drinking alcohol and the risk of developing melanoma. The studies showed that increasing the daily dose of consumed alcohol also increased the chance of developing the skin cancer by a fifth. For example, two strong beers a day (around 50g of ethanol) increased the risk by 55%. Or in other words, those people who frequently consume ethanol are more likely to develop melanoma than the ones who drink occasionally.
The scientists also found out that UV rays could actually hold a bigger threat when it comes to drinking on the beach, since some beachgoers tend to drink alcohol cocktails under the exposure of UV rays.