This drink is often considered healthy, at least in small quantities.
Most of us enjoy it from time to time.
But according to a new study in Arthritis & Rheumatology, you should almost completely cut it out if you want to prevent the need for a hip replacement due to arthritis.
The Nurses’ Health Study served as the data source for this research. It is a long-term cohort of women in the nursing profession aged 30 to 55 years that began in 1976. Participants provide regular updates about their health, lifestyle, and diet, including how much alcohol they drink.
The analysis at the heart of this new study focused on the period from 1988 to 2012 and involved 83,383 women who did not have osteoarthritis in 1988.
The women were asked how much alcohol they consumed–from none at all up to six or more drinks a day. The researchers then tracked whether these women eventually needed a hip replacement due to osteoarthritis.
The results were clear:
1. The more alcohol the women drank, the more likely they were to need a hip replacement.
2. Compared to women who didn’t drink at all, those who drank up to five grams of alcohol per day were 4% more likely to need a hip replacement.
3. For those drinking 5 to 10 grams per day, the risk increased by 12%.
4. If a woman drank 10 to 20 grams per day, the risk went up by 31%.
5. For those who drank 20 grams or more per day, the risk jumped to 34%.
6. Interestingly, it didn’t matter what type of alcohol the women were drinking. The risks were similar whether they preferred wine, beer, or hard liquor. This means that although red wine has been shown to have some health benefits, for the best bone health eliminate alcohol entirely.
In summary: greater alcohol consumption is associated with a higher risk of total hip replacement due to hip osteoarthritis.
To give you an idea of the alcohol content of your drinks, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism states that there are around 14 grams of alcohol in 12 ounces of regular beer, five ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits.
This means that a single daily alcoholic drink can increase your hip replacement risk. It might be possible to have one or two drinks per week, but no more than that.
But if you already suffer from arthritis, giving up drinking will not cure it. For that, you need to follow the example of thousands of readers who completely eliminated their arthritis using the three easy steps explained here…