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How does drinking alcohol affect my bone health?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Many people think drinking alcohol is healthy. Dr. Oz explains the effect that alcohol has on bone health in a video based on the children's game Operation.



Alcohol (ethanol), when consumed in excess, may generate so much acid that neutralization of the extra acid load becomes too slow. Consequently, the acid begins to degrade bone tissue, reduce bone density and place the chronic drinker at risk of osteoporosis and fractures.

Drinking an excessive amount of alcohol has a harmful effect on bone health, as well as overall health. If you drink more than two servings of alcohol a day, you are increasing your risk for osteoporosis. This is because it is thought that alcohol prevents your body from absorbing enough calcium.

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