Alcohol is a drink which is being used all over the world. Doctors have been mentioning its side effects for so long. Besides damaging liver it also affects bone. One needs to drink less to have strong bones. Heavy drinking especially in young age causes risk of osteoporosis of bones.
Calcium is the main component of bone growth. Alcohol is said to be its enemy. Alcohol does not allow calcium to go to bones. Since blood does not go into bones, body takes it from bones. This results in deficiency of calcium in bones leading to osteoporosis.
In addition, alcohol also kills the cells which help in bone making. They are “Osteoblasts”. These cells deposit the calcium and minerals like phosphorus in the bone. This gives strength to the bone. Heavy drinkers do not have sufficient amount of these bone making cells. So they don’t have strong bones.
Alcohol also affects nerves causing peripheral neuropathy. It results in damage of nerves to hands and feet. This damage to nerves leads to weakening of bones. Bones get fragile and bristle. Such bones are a greater risk of getting fractured.
Drinking puts you at a risk of fractures. This is so because of osteoporosis. Nerve damage is also an additional factor. Hip and spine fractures are common. Healing of these fractures is also slow. This is because of the malnutrition due to alcohol abuse.
Use of alcohol affects ability of bones to heal themselves. Either they don’t heal at all after a fracture. Or they heal very slowly. This healing can be a malunion or delayed union. This creates disturbances in routine activity of a person. Apparent physical deformity is also a social stigma.
Researches show that as soon as a person quits drinking, bones get back to their original state. The process may be slow but it does happen.
The idea of writing this article is to encourage drinkers to get rid of alcohol. Hope it works well for you.