Thursday, June 5, 2008

Alcohol cuts risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis

Jun 5 04:47 AM US/Eastern

People who drink alcohol are less prone to the sometimes crippling disease called rheumatoid arthritis compared with non-drinkers, according to a Scandinavian study published on Wednesday.

People who had a moderate alcohol consumption were 40 and 45 percent less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis compared with people who did not drink or drank only occasionally, it found.

Among those who had a high consumption, the risk was reduced by 50 and 55 percent respectively.

Most surprising was that the biggest benefits were seen among smokers with a genetic profile known to make them vulnerable to the disease...


Anonymous said...

Well, new evidence for drinking--hmmmmm...I do have three bottles of wine in the basement--I'd better drink my medicine--LOL!

Vincenzo said...

LOL! I just got a new bottle of medicine too ;)