Alcohol Consumption and Risk of Osteoporosis | Fragile Bones

Nutritional Advice


As a rough guide

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A unit of alcohol is equivalent to 10ml (approximately 8g) of pure ethanol, the active chemical ingredient in alcoholic beverages. Excessive alcohol consumption increases the risk of osteoporosis and fractures.1-3

More information about alcohol

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Hidden calories

If you’re watching your weight, remember that alcoholic (and non-alcoholic) drinks are full of calories, which can soon add up.1

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Alcohol free cocktails

An alternative to an alcoholic drink is an alcohol-free cocktail: lots of fun to make and drink, plus it’s better for your health.

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Drink sizes at home

Next time you pour a glass of wine or spirits at home, take a look at the drink size. How does it compare to a standard drink size? Usually, you’ll find it’s much larger.1

In more detail

We are not suggesting that you stop drinking completely. Instead, we’re recommending drinking in moderation. This means 17 standard drinks for men and 11 standard drinks for women per week, with at least two or three alcohol free nights a week.1 Excessive drinking has a negative impact on a number of your body’s organs and systems that can easily be avoided by changing your habits.3
  1. Paula Mee. Eat Well for Bone Health. 2016.
  2. Tucker KL, et al. Am J Clin Nutr. 2009;89:1188–96.
  3. Accessed July 2018.