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Moderate Alcohol Consumption May Help Prevent Bone Loss in Postmenopausal Women

Researchers assessed the effects of alcohol withdrawal on bone turnover in postmenopausal women who drank one or two drinks per day several times a week. A significant increase in blood markers of bone turnover was noted after the women stopped drinking for just 2 weeks. Less than a day after the women resumed their normal drinking, their bone turnover rates returned to previous levels.

Previous studies had shown that moderate drinkers have a higher bone density than non-drinkers or heavy drinkers, but these studies provided no explanation for the differences in bone density. In the new study, alcohol appeared to behave similarly to estrogen in that it reduced bone turnover, the researchers said.

Read the news release from Oregon State University.

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