Binge Drinking By Teens Causes Bad Bones

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on December 27, 2018 · 1 comment

There are many reasons why binge drinking is bad – alcohol poisoning, car accidents, poor school performance, and possible sexual assault. But now we can add poor bone health to the list of negatives for young women.

Researchers from Loyola Marymount University in California looked at female college students, aged 18 to 20. Those who reported binge drinking in high school, having 4 or more drinks within two hours at least twice a month, had lower bone mass than their peers. Women normally reach peak bone density at the spine between the ages of 20 to 25. This study suggests that later in life bone issues can be linked back to earlier drinking habits.

Lead researcher Joseph LaBrie, PhD, said “When we talk about bone health, we always talk about exercise, calcium, vitamin D and not smoking. We may also need to talk about avoiding binge drinking.”

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