Relationship of alcohol intake and sex steroid concentrations in blood in pre- and post-menopausal women: the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition.

TitleRelationship of alcohol intake and sex steroid concentrations in blood in pre- and post-menopausal women: the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsRinaldi, S, Peeters, PHM, Bezemer, ID, Dossus, L, Biessy, C, Sacerdote, C, Berrino, F, Panico, S, Palli, D, Tumino, R, Khaw, KT, Bingham, S, Allen, NE, Key, T, Jensen, MK, Overvad, K, Olsen, A, Tjonneland, A, Amiano, P, Ardanaz, E, Agudo, A, Martínez-Garcia, C, J Quirós, R, Tormo, MJ, Nagel, G, Linseisen, J, Boeing, H, Schulz, M, Grobbee, DE, Bueno-de-Mesquita, HB, Koliva, M, Kyriazi, G, Thrichopoulou, A, Boutron-Ruault, MC, Clavel-Chapelon, F, Ferrari, P, Slimani, N, Saracci, R, Riboli, E, Kaaks, R
JournalCancer Causes Control
Volume17
Issue8
Pagination1033-43
Date Published2006 Oct
ISSN0957-5243
KeywordsAdult, Aged, Alcohol Drinking, Female, Gonadal Steroid Hormones, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Models, Biological, Neoplasms, Nutritional Physiological Phenomena, Postmenopause, Premenopause, Sex Hormone-Binding Globulin
Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Women with a moderate intake of alcohol have higher concentrations of sex steroids in serum, and higher risk of developing breast cancer, compared to non-drinkers. In the present study, we investigate the relationships between alcohol consumption and serum levels of sex steroids and sex-hormone binding globulin (SHBG) in 790 pre- and 1,291 post-menopausal women, who were part of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC).METHODS: Serum levels of testosterone (T), androstenedione (Delta4), dehydroepiandrosterone sulphate (DHEAS), estrone (E1), estradiol (E2) and SHBG were measured by direct immunoassays. Free T (fT) and free E2 (fE2) were calculated according to mass action laws. Current alcohol intake exposure to alcohol was assessed from dietary questionnaires.RESULTS: Pre-menopausal women who consumed more than 25 g/day of alcohol had about 30% higher DHEAS, T and fT, 20% higher Delta4 and about 40% higher E1, concentrations compared to women who were non-consumers. E2, fE2 and SHBG concentrations showed no association with current alcohol intake. In post-menopausal women, DHEAS, fT, T, Delta4, and E1 concentrations were between 10% and 20% higher in women who consumed more than 25 g/day of alcohol compared to non-consumers. E2 or fE2 were not associated with alcohol intake at all. SHBG levels were about 15% lower in alcohol consumers compared to non-consumers.CONCLUSION: This study supports the hypothesis of an influence of alcohol intake on sex hormone concentrations in blood.

DOI10.1007/s10552-006-0041-7
Alternate JournalCancer Causes Control
Citation Key10.1007/s10552-006-0041-7
PubMed ID16933054
Grant ListG0401527 / / Medical Research Council / United Kingdom