Great news for beer-lovers - a new study has shown that the alcoholic beverage improves bone density in women. Loss of bone density is known to be a problem in women as they age.

Researchers at the University of Extremadura in Caceres, Spain, carried out a study over 1,697 healthy women, 811 of whom were postmenopausal and 176 of who were going through menopause,

Participants were asked to complete questionnaires, providing information on their smoking habits, as well as their levels of alcohol consumption, caffeine and nutrient consumption.

The women also went through an ultrasound to assess the density of their bones.

The scientists found that the study participants who reported drinking beer on a regular basis were more likely to have greater bone density compared to those who didn't drink beer or who tended to consume wine.

[via Neatorama]