Studies Confirm Link Between Alcohol and Gout - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/15/04

Studies Confirm Link Between Alcohol and Gout

If you end your day relaxing with a few brews, you could end up aching later because of it. A new study has confirmed the long suspected link between alcohol and the most common form of arthritis in men: gout.

The study of nearly 50,000 men finds that those who had a couple of beers a day were 50% more likely to develop the painful joint condition compared to men who didn't drink. Liquor also increased the risk, but not as much as beer.

They found no link among wine drinkers, but the study in the British medical journal Lancet determined that liquor and especially beer increases the body's production of the chemical uric acid, which can settle into the joints causing the hallmark symptoms of gout, usually in the feet and ankles.

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