Alcohol is poisonous to human beings, and the body needs to break this substance down as rapidly as possible. A 2013 study in the journal Breast Cancer Research looked at the alcohol-processing enzyme CYP2E1 for possible connections to breast cancer. CYP2E1 appears in higher amounts in heavy drinkers. Ergo, heavy drinking and breast cancer are interlinked. What Is Heavy Drinking? According to public health guidelines, men cross the boundary for heavy drinking when they consume 15 or more drinks in a week or five or more drinks in a 24-hour period. Women cross the boundary for heavy drinking when they consume eight or more drinks in a week or four or more drinks in a 24-hour period. An individual who drinks heavily once a month is 20% more likely to become an alcoholic. The odds of alcoholism increase by 50% for those who drink heavily at least twice a week. CYP2E1 and Heavy Drinking Enzymes are proteins that trigger tens of thousands of chemical processes that keep the body functioning. When you drink, 3 types of enzymes in the liber, including CYP2E1, start breaking alcohol down into a harmless substance. If you don't drink very often and drink in moderation, your liver will work fine. However, regularly drinking to excess can outstrip the liver's capacity for processing alcohol. This damage triggers the onset of damage in both liver cells and other bodily cells. CYP2E1 only becomes important for people who regularly drink to get drunk. CYP2E1, Heavy Drinking, and Breast Cancer In the aforementioned study, researches explored the connection between alcohol consumption, CYP2E1, and the risk of breast cancer. Specifically, they analyzed the potential of the enzyme to damage cells while breaking down alcohol. They also looked at the enzyme's potential to support cancer-related changes in breast tissue cells. After completing their analysis, the researchers concluded that high levels of CYP2E1 (such as those associated with chronic heavy alcohol consumption) can support the progression of breast cancer by allowing cancerous cells to survive in circumstances that might otherwise lead to their destruction and elimination. However, they also concluded that, in the latter stages of breast cancer, the presence of elevated levels of the enzyme can actually make it harder for cancer in breast tissue to migrate to other locations. This is critically important since, as a rule, the migration or metastasis of cancer dramatically increases the odds for fatal disease outcomes. Get Help For Heavy Drinking and Breast Cancer at Lucida Treatment If you or a loved one are alcoholic, come to Lucida Treatment in Lantana, Florida. Lucida Treatment helps end heavy drinking and prevent breast cancer through detox and therapy. Alcohol detox helps your body purge alcohol from your system, and overcome your physical dependency on alcohol. After detox, therapy tackles the psychological roots of alcoholism. At Lucida Treatment, we offer a wide variety of therapies professionally designed to help you get and stay sober. Therapies offered at Lucida Treatment's alcohol addiction treatment center include: \tCognitive Behavioral Therapy Program \tDialectical Behavior Therapy Program \tEye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy Program \tFamily Therapy Program \tGestalt Therapy Program \tGroup Therapy Program \tIndividual Therapy Program \tPsychodrama Therapy Program \tTrauma Therapy Program If you want advice on having alcohol discussions with doctors, Lucida Treatment can help! Contact us online or call us today at to make having alcohol discussions with doctors easy!