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Can Alcohol Weaken My Bones?

Can Alcohol Weaken My Bones?

Can Alcohol Weaken My Bones?

The negative health effects of alcohol abuse are well known in Louisville, but this knowledge is often limited to liver disease and various forms of cancer that can result from the damage caused by drinking. Alcohol abuse can affect all body systems, however, including the skeletal system and bone development and strength.

Nutrition, Alcohol, and Bone Health

Alcohol reaches the esophagus, stomach, and intestines, before it reaches any other part of the body. Because of this the digestive system often experiences the most damage from alcohol abuse or addiction. This damage can lead to immediate effects on organ health or can have more long-term effects on bone health and overall wellness. “Alcohol’s Role in Gastrointestinal Tract Disorders” (Bode and Bode, National Institute of Health) explains that “Alcohol-induced digestive disorders and mucosal damage in the GI tract can cause a variety of medical problems. These include a loss of appetite.” Poor appetite can lead to malnutrition. Louisville residents who abuse alcohol may not be interested in eating regularly or eating well, and a proper diet is essential to overall health and building healthy bones. Calcium deficiencies may result, when Louisville residents choose to drink rather than eat good foods high in calcium and other nutrients that aid in calcium absorption.

Alcohol and Calcium Absorption

Even if you are eating a balanced diet rich in calcium, if you are over-imbibing, you are at risk for developing osteoporosis. Mayoclinic.com shares, “Regular consumption of more than two alcoholic drinks a day increases your risk of osteoporosis, possibly because alcohol can interfere with the body’s ability to absorb calcium.” Heavy drinking during teen and early adult years interrupts bone formation, and the National Institute of Health reports, “the effects of heavy alcohol use on bone cannot be reversed, even if alcohol consumption is terminated.” Drinking can have a long-term impact on bone and overall health, and this damage may be permanent. The sooner Louisville residents stop drinking, the more likely they are to prevent serious health consequences or reverse any damage that may have already occurred.

Alcohol Abuse Help

If you or a loved one in Louisville is experiencing negative physical or mental health effects associated with alcohol abuse or addiction, let us help. Call our toll-free number to speak directly with a caring and experienced admissions coordinator. He will help you arrange addiction treatment or family mediation that will meet your unique addiction and physical health recovery needs. We are here 24 hours a day and all phone services are free and confidential, so please don’t hesitate to pick up the phone today.

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