This was found to be true even when researchers accounted for other factors that affect bone density -- such as exercise, nutrition and smoking habits.
"When we consider bone health, we always talk about things like exercise, calcium and vitamin D, and not smoking. We may also need to talk about avoiding binge drinking," said lead researcher Joseph LaBrie, Professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, US.
The researchers noted that failure of reaching her peak bone mass will probably raise her odds of developing osteoporosis later in life.
Osteoporosis is a medical condition which causes the bones to become brittle and fragile from loss of tissue. It primarily affects postmenopausal women, but could be triggered due to deficiency of calcium or vitamin D.Researchers say that failure to reach peak bone mass in early adulthood might be one reason for the condition.
"This study identifies a potential lifetime consequence of binge drinking in young women," LaBrie noted.
The team included nearly 100 college women, aged between 18 to 20 years. The study expands previous research linking heavy drinking to lower bone mass and higher fracture risk in older adults, suggesting that later in life bone issues may be linked to drinking early in life.
Teenage is the best time to maximize on bone health. Adding foods rich in calcium and vitamin D could help one increase the calcium intake naturally.
Here Are 5 Calcium rich foods that every teen should add to their diet.
2. Figs: Figs are one of the fruits that are richest in fibre. They also contain minerals, series of vitamins like A, B1, B2, calcium, iron, phosphorus, manganese, sodium, potassium and chlorine. Just two medium sized figs can give you 55 mg of calcium.
3. Broccoli: 100 grams of sturdy, green and crunchy florets can give you 47 mg of calcium. You can have them in stews, curries, salads and sandwiches.
4. White Beans: White bean refers to any bean that is white or off-white in colour. These also have detoxifying properties and a very low glycemic index. They are rich in calcium and can be had either in salads, soups or curries.
(With Inputs IANS)
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