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An unhealthy diet has been associated with about a third of all oral cancers. It’s also been well established that alcohol is a major risk factor in oral cancer, too. Now researchers have found that women who have high intakes of alcohol and low levels of B-vitamin folic acid are three times more likely to develop oral cancer compared to those who get plenty of the vitamin.

Folic acid is essential in making and maintaining new cells and alcohol causes a reduction in levels of folic acid in the body. Folic acid is now added to rice, cereals, and bread products, as well as found naturally in leafy green vegetables.

Bottom line? If you’re a woman who drinks, eat your vegetables, too!