The big picture: Dr. Lindsay Boik-Price says: “Drinking harms you in many ways. “
In the news: New research is showing that heavy drinking during your younger years puts your body at risk due to negative “effects on muscle mass” in your middle and older years.
This finding has direct implications for you in Massachusetts.
Did you know that 16.7% of you binge drink in Hampden County?
The research indicated that there was a correlation between low muscle mass and heavy drinking. In effect, those who drank more lost more muscle.
The researchers noted that even though they weren’t able to create a direct relationship, the evidence is clearly suggesting that even after accounting for differences in body sizes and other factors, “those who drank a lot of alcohol had a lower amount of skeletal muscle compared to people who drank less…” Dr. Jane Skinner.