Alcohol linked to lower risk of arthritis

Another bit of good news for us drinkers, scientists have found that regularly drinking alcohol both reduces the chance of getting rheumatoid arthritis and eases the symptoms if you do get it. Rheumatoid arthritis it an auto-immune disease where the body attacks itself and drugs are normally targeted at controlling inflammation. It is a painful progressive condition that can affect people of all ages, not just the elderly.

A team from Sheffield University, under Dr James Maxwell, a consultant rheumatologist at the Rotherham Foundation NHS Trust and Sheffield University, found that drinking on more than 1 in 3 days reduced damage, pain, inflammation, and disability.

The findings are published in the journal Rheumatology. See the Telegraph for a bit more info.


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