Alcohol Osteoporosis, Osteopenia
Alcohol Osteoporosis, Osteopenia. This page contains research studies about the effect of drinking on your bones.
The Framingham study has shown that "Women who drink a little bit
have an increased oestrogen which helps protect them against
heart disease and osteoporosis, but it may increase their risk slightly
of breast cancer." (Note: "drink a little bit" means no more than one
drink a day; seven ounces of liquor a week. )
Quotation taken from an interview with Professor Curt Ellison of Boston Universtiy's School of Medicine.
Research about Alcohol Osteoporosis, Osteopenia
If instead of research studies you are interested in general guidelines about the use of alcohol for those concerned about bone loss, go to Guidelines about Alcohol Osteoporosis Osteopenia
Research about the Osteoporosis alcohol connection:
Here are some abstracts and articles on this topic.
- "Bone Resorption in Tissue Culture. Factors
Influencing the Response to Parathyroid Hormone" by Lawrence G. Raisz.
Department of Pharmacology, University of Rochester School of Medicine
and Dentistry, Rochester, N. Y. Department of Medicine, University of
of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, N. Y.
Here is the full text of this article from the Journal of Clincial Nutrition. Bone Resorption
- "The effect of moderate alcohol
consumption on bone mineral density: A study of female twins." by Williams, F., et al.
Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, 2004. Published Online First: 1
July 2004. doi:10.1136/ard.2004.022269; Moderate alcohol drinking
helps prevent osteoporosis. Medical News Today, July 1, 2004; Innes,
John. Moderate amounts of alcohol could protect against brittle bones.
The Scotsman (Edinburgh, Scotland), July 1, 2004;
"This study examined the effects of alcohol using identical
female twins, in which one twin drank very little and the other twin
drank moderately (one or two drinks each day). Twins were used because
they are genetic clones. Because they have the same genes and grew up
in the same environment, it is easier to control for any other possible
Bone mineral density was measured at the hip and spine. The study
found that moderate drinkers had significantly denser bones than
the control group of twins consisting of very light drinkers."
- Siris, E.S. Identification and fracture outcomes of
undiagnosed low bone density in postmenopausal women: Results from the
National Osteoporosis Risk Assessment. Journal of the American Medical
Association, 2001, 286(22), 2815-2822.
"The National Osteoporosis Risk Assessment followed over
200,000 postmenopausal women who were seen at doctors’
offices, with no previous diagnosis of osteoporosis. As a result
of screening, the study found that 39.6% had osteopenia or
low bone density and 7% had osteoporosis.
The study found that drinking alcohol, estrogen replacement
therapy, and exercise each reduced chances of developing
The findings appear in the Journal of the American Medical