Here’s the latest in the we’ll-drink-to-that category: consuming alcohol can apparently reduce the severity of rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.
As reported in the DailyMailOnline, a new study by British research scientists shows that sufferers who enjoy a regular alcoholic beverage are less susceptible to the ravages of the painful and often debilitating disease. It’s the first time a link has been found between the amount of liquor consumed and the effects of arthritis.
Results of the study, published in the Journal Rheumatology, also show that nondrinkers are four times more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis than those who imbibe on more than ten days a month.
Xrays of people who drink alcohol showed there was less damage to the joints, and blood tests showed lower levels of inflammation. There was also less joint pain, swelling and disability, said Dr. James Maxwell, consultant rheumatologist at the Rotherham Foundation NHS Trust.
“There is some evidence to show that alcohol suppresses the activity of the immune system, and that this may influence the pathways by which rheumatoid arthritis develops,â€™ Dr. Maxwell told the DailyMail.
Further research is needed, he said, adding that different types of alcoholic drinks may have varying effects.
Here’s hoping beer works best.
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