Archive for the 'Women' Category

Moderate intake may prevent bone loss

Friday, July 13th, 2012

A recent study at the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University claims that moderate alcohol consumption may help prevent bone loss in older females. Post-menopausal women’s bodies continue to replace old bone cells with newer ones. However, this turnover happens at a much slower rate. Thus, as a woman ages, her bones become more prone to breakage.

Research from this study suggests that alcohol slows the rate at which bones shed cells, and results were noticeable in as little as two weeks. Women who drank up to two drinks per day had denser hips than women who did not. After just two weeks of abstaining from alcohol, blood tests proved that bone loss had increased in women.

Binge drinking and sexual assault

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

A study recently completed at the University of Georgia reported that “found that first-year female college students who drank four or more alcoholic drinks in one day at the start of the study were 33 percent more likely to be victims of a sexual assault in the following months.”

Sarah Fischer, author of the study, noted that women who binge drink are in greater danger of sexual assault, which is a harm associated with binge drinking; “The main take-home point is that binge drinking at the start of the year increases risk for freshmen college women for later sexual assault during their first year of college.”

This study may lead to other research on the relationship between alcohol and unwanted sexual activity and the social context in which both occur.