Women generally reach optimum bone mass in their spines during the ages of 20 and 25, followed by a slow but gradual decline throughout the lifespan. Researchers have found that anything that affects healthy bone development during that critical period of development can significantly increase the chances of osteoporosis and a higher risk of fractures in adulthood.
In other words, binge drinking during the teen years may hinder the development of healthy bones, and the consequences may last a lifetime.
Most medical providers are rightfully concerned about smoking, exercise and proper nutrition, including calcium and vitamin D. However, it appears that the effect of binge drinking on bone mass should be addressed by health care providers.
A Note about Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a serious condition that causes bones to become brittle and weak due to tissue loss. Eventually, the bones become abnormally porous and sponge-like.
In most cases, it is a disease that affects post-menopausal women. However, failure to reach peak bone levels during the teen years may be a contributing factor in its development. Individuals with osteoporosis usually don’t realize they have the condition and display no symptoms before bone fractures occur.