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Heavy drinking ‘can impair bone healing following fractures’

8th October 2013

Binge drinking has been shown to significantly impair the healing process following a bone fracture in a new US study.

Scientists at Loyola University conducted research using two groups of mice, one of which was exposed to alcohol levels roughly equivalent to three times the legal limit for driving, while a control group received equal amounts of saline.

It was found that alcohol slows healing on the cellular and molecular levels, limiting the formation of new bone, creating signs of oxidative stress and interrupting stem cell-based healing processes.

This discovery could act as the foundation for the development of new therapies to accelerate bone healing for drinkers and non-drinkers alike.

Dr Roman Natoli, who presented the findings at the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research annual meeting in Baltimore, said: "In addition to contributing to bone fractures, alcohol also impairs the healing process. So add this to the list of reasons why you should not abuse alcohol."

The conference took place at the Baltimore Convention Center from October 4th to 7th 2013.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801647230-ADNFCR

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