Doctors and medical practitioners have been warning people about the ill effects of drinking alcohol for years. In fact, even the drinkers are well aware of the risks. However, once you become addicted, it becomes difficult to kick the habit. According to the National Institute on Alcohol and Alcoholism, one out of every 12 American adults abuse alcohol. While most people are familiar with the danger alcohol poses to the liver, not many know about the damaging effect it can have on your bones. Alcohol is basically a toxin that circulates throughout the body bringing poison to many areas, including our bones. Our bones continue to grow even after the body has reached maturity and is therefore known as living tissue.
According to the latest medical studies, alcohol use over a long period of time can impair ongoing bone growth and development as it causes damage to the hormones and cells that contribute to bone health.Alcohol results in the reduction of bone density, thus making them easily susceptible to breaking. Less dense bones are not only at a greater risk for fracture, they are also vulnerable to osteoporosis which is a severe health condition causing pain and even disability in some cases. The most advisable way to prevent osteoporosis is guarding bone health in youth but consuming large amounts of alcohol can likewise lead to early-onset osteoporosis. We’re all aware that bones provide structure, stability and support to the human frame and are also the repositories for calcium. Calcium is metabolized through the bone and into the bloodstream, where it aids muscles and nerves. This metabolism is greatly disturbed by the consumption of alcohol as it inhibits the body’s ability to produce vitamin D, without which the body is unable to absorb calcium properly. Along with this, consuming alcohol in large quantities lowers the production of testosterone in men owing to which bone formation suffers. In women, heavy alcohol consumption may lead to:
- irregular menstruation
- low estrogen
- eating food rich in Vitamin D
- taking calcium supplements
- abstaining from alcohol