Even moderate drinking may increase cancer risk … slightly

The alcohol industry was accused of attempting to downplay the beverage’s connection to an increased risk of seven different types of cancer, and new research published by the journal Drug and Alcohol Review reveals that even “responsible drinking” bears a modest risk.

Drinking in excess is widely known to increase the risk of liver and pancreatic cancers, but even less than 1.5 units of alcohol per day — the equivalent of a small glass of wine — can raise a woman’s risk of mouth, throat, esophagus and breast cancer to rise, according to a report from the UK Committee on Carcinogenicity of Chemicals in Food.

Contrary to the alcohol industry’s push that only heavy drinking leads to other cancers, like rectum and colon, the risk does exist, if only modestly. But these drinking-in-moderation hazards are difficult to properly asses when health data on the benefits of occasional drinking exist, too. Some research shows that a drink per day may help diminish the risk of diabetes for women.

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Opioid crisis: How one local company addresses substance abuse with its employees

Termination is immediate for American Castings employees violating the firm’s drug and alcohol policies.

The company makes a variety of cast iron products and ships them across the U.S. from its 433,000-square-foot facility on 90 acres at the MidAmerica Industrial Park near Pryor. Fire hydrants are the most visible item, but other products the company makes weigh several tons.

The Oklahoma facility employs more than 300 people and is among seven facilities owned by American Cast Iron Pipe in Alabama.

Human resources manager Lori Nichols and environmental, health and safety manager John Gann are charged with overseeing employees and ensuring they obey the company’s drug and alcohol policies. Nichols acknowledged that employees have had problems in the past with the use of alcohol, drugs and prescription medicine abuse.

Why Are So Many NFL Players Smoking Pot?

The NFL has a long-standing marijuana ban—but some say that might change

It’s no secret that football is one of the roughest, toughest sports out there. Just look at the numbers: in 2013-2014 alone, NFL athletes suffered a total of 1,300 on-field injuries, according to a study conducted by SimpleTherapy. And no body part is safe: according to the infographic, 22 percent of injuries occur to players’ knees, 15 percent to their ankles, 12 percent in their upper legs, and 9 percent to their shoulders.

When a 350-pound lineman crashes into your knee, it’s going to hurt. A lot. The consequences of injury last well beyond Game Day. In fact, many players deal with constant pain throughout the season — and they’re resorting to dangerous self-medication methods as a result.

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How I Learned to Cope With Stress When I Gave Up Alcohol

Healthier ways to take the edge off — when a glass of wine isn’t an option.

“I need a drink” has been my auto-reply to virtually all stressful occurrences in my day-to-day life for about as long as I’ve been an adult.

To be honest, I can’t pinpoint the exact moment I started chasing stress with alcohol. But somewhere during the past decade, relieving college midterm stress with Bacardi Razz bled into post-awful-day-at-work happy hours and finally, morphed into my current Friday night tradition: holing up in my apartment with a bottle of wine to myself in an effort to unwind from a long work week.

And my weekly de-stressing regimen isn’t completely off base, alcohol does work as a catalyst — at least in the short term. “Alcohol acts as a depressant on the central nervous system, which leads to a number of immediate, noticeable effects,” explains clinical psychologist Dr. Lauren Wolfe. “It slows your heart rate and breathing, which can result in a relaxed sensation. We tend to lose our inhibitions when we drink, which decreases our worries and fears.”

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Carlisle residents voice concerns about medical marijuana facility

Several Carlisle residents say they oppose village council rescinding a temporary ban on medical marijuana businesses because it would be harmful to the community and reduce property values.

Ohio Craft Cultivators LLC, a company with a state application pending for a medical marijuana cultivation license, is asking Carlisle to further rollback its temporary ban to permit marijuana processing.

Anthony DiLorenzo of Ohio Craft Cultivators LLC told village council Tuesday that the company would like to apply for a processing license, which would require council rollback of its the moratorium further.

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Medical marijuana near you? These cities and townships have made their decisions

State regulators are continuing to formalize how and where pot will be grown and available to medical patients.

Meanwhile, individual communities are setting their own rules for medical marijuana’s future there, including whether it can be grown or sold.

Here’s a sampling of what some are cities and townships have said about their future with Ohio pot.

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Nutritional Wisdom: Small amount of alcohol increases breast cancer risk

We hear constantly that moderate consumption of alcohol, especially red wine, is beneficial for cardiovascular health. However, when it comes to cancer risk, any amount of alcohol is risky. A 2014 report by the International Agency for Research on Cancer concluded that there is no safe amount of alcohol when it comes to cancer risk. Alcohol is now considered a cause of cancers of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, colorectum, breast and liver, and it is linked to other cancers too.

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Studies offer conflicting views of alcohol, breast cancer risks

We’ve all seen the memes: “It’s wine o’clock”; “Mommy needs wine”; “Just one glass [gallon-sized].”

And we’ve also seen the headlines: “Even low alcohol consumption linked to breast cancer,” “One drink a day increases breast cancer risk.”

Is there a link between alcohol consumption and breast cancer?

“There’s conflicting data on alcohol and implications with cancer. There are a lot of things that are being evaluated,” said Dr. Margaret MacDowell, medical director of Trident Cancer Center. “Right now they’re more potential contributing factors rather than a cause.”

Some breast cancer experts advise women to not drink at all to avoid any alcohol-related risk. Others maintain that an occasional drink is fine.

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Apps help women limit alcohol consumption to reduce risk of breast cancer

Breast cancer awareness month: Healthy lifestyle could reduce risk

MIAMI – Limiting alcohol consumption may reduce women’s breast cancer risk, according to The American Cancer Society.

Studies show women who consume 2 to 3 alcoholic drinks a day have a 20 percent higher risk than non-drinkers. Those who limit consumption to no more than a drink per day may reduce their risk as well.

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SigEp adopts no-alcohol policy

All chapters of the national fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon, including the one at Yale, will be prohibited from having alcohol in their common spaces starting Aug. 1, 2018 and will be required to have completely substance-free houses by Aug. 1, 2020, in accordance with a new policy established last summer.

According to a post on the SigEp national organization’s website, the policy comes in response to almost 50 SigEp chapters closing down due to “risky behavior fueled by alcohol consumption” in the past 10 years and a 46 percent increase in liability insurance premiums for the fraternity since 2014. The resolution was drafted by Connor Hoffman, a member of SigEp’s Montana State University chapter, and approved at the fraternity’s Grand Chapter Conclave by a legislative body of assembled delegates, 83 percent of whom were undergraduates.

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