Drinking beer could help prevent weak bones | Life and style | The Guardian

Dr Claire Bowring, from the National Osteoporosis Society, said: “These findings mirror results from previous studies which concluded that moderate alcohol consumption could be beneficial to bones.

“However, while the National Osteoporosis Society welcomes measures to improve bone health we do not recommend anyone increases their alcohol consumption on the basis of these studies.

“While low quantities of alcohol may appear to have bone density benefits, higher intakes have been show to decrease bone strength, with an alcohol intake of more than two units per day actually increasing the risk of breaking a bone.

“There are also many other health concerns linked with alcohol which cannot be ignored.”

This is clearly the kind of bullshit headlines we all love. Isn’t it? But unfortunately, if you read the paragraphs close to the bottom of the story (the ones quoted above), you’ll see there is no clear benefit in drinking more beer. And, actually, there’s not much information on how the study was conducted… Ah, news, news, news…


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