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New Study Suggests Alcohol Is The New Milk

Beverage News

07.16.2012

Alcohol Is The New Milk

Osteoporotic Bone: Low power scanning electron microscope image, showing osteoporotic architecture in the fourth lumbar vertebra of an 89 year old woman. The bone is heavily eroded in places by the action of osteoclasts and consists mainly of thin, fragile struts. Photo Credit: Photo Courtesy of Alan Boyde & Oregon State University

For you ladies out there that have been drinking a daily White Russian to get your recommended supply of whatever it is in milk to fend off osteoporosis, a new study out of Oregon State University suggests that moderate alcohol consumption on its own may help prevent bone loss.

The study was published in the scientific journal “Menopause”, which I personally read for its witty sense of humor and random beverage story nuggets such as this.

From the study:
A new study assessed the effects of alcohol withdrawal on bone turnover in postmenopausal women who drank one or two drinks per day several times a week. Researchers at Oregon State University measured a significant increase in blood markers of bone turnover in women after they stopped drinking for just two weeks.

The researchers found evidence for increased bone turnover – a risk factor for osteoporotic fractures – during the two week period when the participants stopped drinking. Even more surprising: the researchers found that less than a day after the women resumed their normal drinking, their bone turnover rates returned to previous levels.

“Drinking moderately as part of a healthy lifestyle that includes a good diet and exercise may be beneficial for bone health, especially in postmenopausal women,” said Urszula Iwaniec, associate professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at OSU and one of the study’s authors. “After less than 24 hours to see such a measurable effect was really unexpected.”

So, in summary, we now know that it is no coincidence that menopausal women, book clubs and cheap white wine go together like Kahlua, vodka and non-dairy creamer. If this study is correct in its conclusions, then women of an older variety are likely to be hardwired at the genetic level to get their daily alcohol intake in the name of bone longevity, and that’s a win(e) for fine beverages.



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