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Do I increase my risk of osteoporosis if I drink alcohol?

Harris H. McIlwain, MD
Rheumatology
Excessive alcohol intake can increase your risk of osteoporosis and fractures. The exact amount of alcohol that is considered excessive is not known; some researchers say more than three drinks a day or more than 12 in a week can lower bone density significantly. Perhaps this is because heavy drinkers to not eat nutritious foods. Moderate drinking – having 12 ounces of beer, a half bottle of wine, or 1 ounce of distilled 80-proof liquor daily – does not increase your risk.
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