Alcohol Slows Fracture Healing

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A team at Loyola University Medical Center lead by Roman Natoli has discovered how alcohol can slow the healing of fractures. The study was conducted on mice and showed that alcohol:

  • inhibits bone formation leading to bones that are less mineralised and weaker
  • impairs normal cellular function by┬ácausing oxidative stress
  • lowers levels of proteins that recruit stem cells to the fracture site (stem cells mature into bone cells)

The amount of alcohol given to the mice was equivalent to being about 3 times over the legal driving limit.