If you think a glass of wine a few nights a week can’t be that bad for your health, consider that it could be the healthy equivalent of smoking five to 10 cigarettes. That’s according to a new study published in the journal BMC Public Health, in which researchers looked at how one type of vice that causes cancer—smoking—compared with another.
The research focused on the absolute lifetime risk of drinking one bottle of wine a week. Absolute risk, as defined by the Mayo Clinic, is how likely a person is to develop a condition over their entire life. So for example, on average, American men have a 12% absolute risk of developing prostate cancer, meaning 12 out of 100 will develop the cancer, and 88 out of 100 men will not.
In the case of drinking a bottle of wine every week, non-smoking men’s absolute risk increased 1%, or roughly the equivalent of smoking five cigarettes. In non-smoking women, the absolute risk rose 1.4%, the equivalent of smoking 10 cigarettes, with a 0.8% absolute risk of breast cancer. In other words, depending on an individual’s other risk factors and lifestyle choices related to their likelihood of developing cancer, drinking that much wine could further elevate their risk rate.
The link between cancer and using tobacco products and smoking is relatively well understood, but when it comes to drinking, the study authors noted that the risks of even somewhat moderate alcohol consumption are often a little less obvious to the public.
But that doesn’t mean that drinking alcohol doesn’t have its drawbacks. The National Cancer Institute notes that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services lists the consumption of alcohol as a known human carcinogen and accordingly, it is linked to various cancers including those of the breast, colon, esophagus, and liver.
‘Abstinence still best way to control AIDS’, says Makinde
Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, on Tuesday, stated that, though there had been some progresses with regards to anti-retroviral medication, but abstinence from sex remained the best way to control the spread of AIDS.
The governor who stated this during the inauguration of the Oyo State Agency for the Control of AIDS, SACA Board, noted that dealing with the scourge of AIDS “is of utmost importance to his administration.”
According to a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, the State’s First Lady, Engr. Tamunominini Makinde, chairs the Board, while Dr. Lanre Abass is the Executive Secretary.
In his speech shortly after inaugurating the Board, Governor Makinde said: “Health is one of the pillars which this administration is resting on, and dealing with the scourge of HIV in our society is of utmost importance to this administration.
“Some of you like Reverend Babatunde and Dr Titilayo [representing inter-religious body] are also very important to this advocacy because when you either stand on the pulpit or in front of the congregation in mosque when you are preaching, you can also put the word out there for people to know. There has been a lot of progress on the anti-retroviral medication but abstinence is the best way to control the spread of HIV/AIDS scourge.
“I don’t have any doubt in my mind that we have assembled the best hands to manage the affairs of Oyo State Agency for control of AIDS. I have taken time to reflect on what was the modus operandi in the past and I can say to you clearly that the State used to be supplied with medications that were just about to expire. They have brought some of them to me and, please, that era should be over and be over for good in Oyo State.”
The Governor disclosed that, though some people had been putting pressure on him to probe the activities of the immediate past SACA Board headed by the wife of the former governor of the State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, he had decided to be forward-looking and to focus on moving the state forward.
“Some people have even came to us and said we must probe activities of the past board and you all know the chairperson of that board. So, it’s a no-go-area for me. We want to be forward-looking. Whatever has happened in the past should be in the past. Let us draw the line and focus on our own result areas.
“I want to thank you for accepting to serve the people of Oyo State in this capacity and I also wish you a successful and impactful tenure,” Governor Makinde said.
Earlier, SACA’s Executive Secretary, Dr. Abass, maintained that the Makinde administration’s focus on the health sector had seen it paying particular attention to HIV/AIDS response by ensuring that people hade access to relevant information, HIV testing services and access to treatment, care and support for people living with the virus.
He, however, noted that though the State had made progress in scaling up HIV treatment and prevention services in recent time, a development which he noted impacted positively on the prevalence rate in the State, all stakeholders still had a lot of work to do.
Oyo Govt. To Introduce Environmental Brigades In Public Schools
Oyo State Government has revealed plans to enforce environmental laws in the State in order to bring about its desired conducive environment for human and businesses to thrive in the State as the State planned to institute Environmental Brigades in public schools to drive the campaign against poor environmental attitude.
The Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Rt. Hon. Kehinde Ayoola said this today during a meeting with refuse contractors in the State.
He stated that the State Government has established four tribunals and task force which would further enshrine the dictates of the environmental law in Oyo State.
Ayoola said the State Government would introduce different layers of enforcement through campaigns across the state.
“The State Government would introduce different layers of enforcement, through campaigns involving stakeholders. We would also introduce Environmental brigades in schools and communities.
“We are not just going to impose sanctions on offenders, we want all concerned to be part of the campaign to rid our environment of dirt so we can all enjoy the benefit of cleaner surrounding and give room for expansion of commerce as a consequence of clean environment,” he said.
Berating the waste collection mechanism in the State, the Commissioner said all hands are on deck to ensure a more efficient mechanism, promising to look into the situation soon.
“We noticed the slow pace of the waste collection mechanism. We will make sure the pace is faster and efficient, very soon. We are working on this.”
Urging refuse contractors to put more efforts on collection of refuse at homes in the State capital, Hon. Ayoola also assured them of government’s intervention in creating more dump sites in the State.
Lagos Govt Shuts Down 14 Health Facilities For Non-Compliance
Lagos State Government has shut down 14 health facilities for non-compliance with regulatory standards in the state.
The statement issued by the state government on Wednesday revealed that the enforcement exercise was conducted by the Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency (HEFAMAA) in the month of September.
According to the Executive Secretary of HEFAMAA, Dr Abiola Idowu, the government remained committed to putting a halt to the ugly trend of having unqualified personnel work in health facilities.
Idowu added that the government would continue to insist that the environment for the dispensation of medical care was suitable for the promotion and maintenance of good health.
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