Moderate alcohol drinking has its benefits, such as lowered risk of depression and better health in older adults. However, abusing alcohol has been known to cause several physiological problems. According to a new study featured on Science Daily, drinking too much may weaken your ability to heal fractured bones.

Researchers from Loyola University Medical Center conducted a laboratory trial involving mice who were either given copious amounts of alcohol or saline (salt water). At the end of the experiment, they found that alcohol-ridden mice had slower repair response and weaker bones.

"Many bone fractures are alcohol related, due to car accidents, falls, shootings, etc. 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," researcher Roman Natoli from Loyola Medical University advises.

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