Keeping our bones in good shape is essential for ageing well; good muscle mass helps us retain independence, flexibility and balance as we go about our daily tasks. Regular exercise and a healthy diet all contribute towards maintaining good bone health. However, research has found drinking too much alcohol can contribute towards further loss of muscle mass and strength in post-menopausal women. The study, carried out by researchers at Seoul University in South Korea, involved 2,400 post-menopausal women, average age 62. It found rates of a condition featuring loss of muscle mass and strength, called sarcopenia, were nearly four times higher among high-risk drinkers than among low-risk drinkers. Women in the high-risk group were also more likely to smoke and have higher blood pressure and total cholesterol.