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    Study Finds Binge Drinking Might Make Bones More Breakable

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    Researchers from Loyola University in Chicago have found that heavy alcohol consumption might make people more susceptible to breaking their bones, and not just from falling or drunk driving.

    Researchers from Loyola University in Chicago have found that heavy alcohol consumption might make people more susceptible to breaking their bones, and not just from falling or drunk driving.

    Previous data has shown that binge drinkers are more prone to breaking bones, and are slower to heal than people who don’t drink alcohol.

    The study looked at the effects of alcohol on laboratory mice after they were given the equivalent of 6 to 9 alcoholic drinks in an hour, which is enough to induce drunkenness.

    Researchers then broke the mice’s tibia bones to see how the mice that were given alcohol would heal compared to those who were sober.

    Results from the study show that in the drunken mice, the callus or temporary bone tissue that formed between the two broken bone pieces, was not as dense as the callus of the sober mice.

    There are a few possible explanations for the differences in healing that might be attributed to alcohol consumption, including the lack of a specific protein that aids bone cell development as well as oxidative stress, which can prevent the body from breaking down oxidizing molecules and might hinder bone growth.