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The Daily Buzz: October 9, 2014

Heaviest drinkers not aware that alcohol increases cancer risk; pot shops now offering marijuana "lite"; and Red Bull loses lawsuit for falsely claiming to "give you wings."

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Many People Don’t Realize Booze Can Cause Cancer
Drinking too much alcohol can increase your risk of developing cancers of the breast, liver, mouth, throat and oesophagus. But only about half of those surveyed in a recent Australian study were aware that cutting drinking could reduce cancer risk. Incidentally, it was the biggest drinkers in the study who were least aware of the risks.

Eating Disorders Could Start as Early as Elementary School
Though anorexia and bulimia are typically associated with teens and young adults, researchers say that disordered eating habits—like binging and restricting—are increasingly surfacing in kids between 8 and 12 years old. They suggest parents keep a close eye on their kids’ eating patterns.

Pot Shops Now Offering Marijuana Lite
When the Times’ Maureen Dowd famously ate a pot-candy bar and lost her mind, she reminded us that for beginners, a simple pot cookie can cause a nervous breakdown. Now, recreational pot vendors in Colorado and Washington are hawking lines of edibles that lead to a milder buzz, specifically geared towards novices. It’s like marijuana with training wheels.

Woman Kicked Off JetBlue Flight For Tweeting About Pilot’s Sobriety Test
A JetBlue passenger from NH says she was booted from her flight after she tweeted about the pilot who had been “accused of being intoxicated” and then tweeted: ”Philyflight760. Still grounded as authorities board plane for pilot sobriety test.” After the pilot apparently requested that she not be on board, she was forced to spend the night at the airport, which is the cruelest punishment known to humanity.

Red Bull Won’t “Give You Wings,” Now Owes You Money
The energy drink company now owes $15-20 to anyone who purchased Red Bull between 2002 and 2014, since they were were sued by drinkers who claim to have been misled by the slogan “Red Bull gives you wings.” The product’s advertised benefits of “increased performance,” “improved concentration” and “reaction speed” turn out to be entirely false. All the drink actually gives you is one hell of a caffeine buzz, a risk of heart palpitations, and—when mixed with vodka—a night you are likely to forget.