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.

  1. "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 Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, N. Y. Here is the full text of this article from the Journal of Clincial Nutrition. Bone Resorption
  2. "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 confounding factors. 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."
  3. 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 osteoporosis. The findings appear in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)."