Washington: A new study has found that drinking alcohol may reduce the severity of rheumatoid arthritis. This is the first time that this effect has been shown in humans. The study also showed that alcohol consumption reduces the risk of developing the disease.
Maxwell and his colleagues also found that non-drinkers were four times more likely to develop RA than people who drank alcohol on more than ten days a month. "This finding agrees with the results from previous studies that have shown a decreased susceptibility to developing RA among alcohol drinkers," said Maxwell. Writing in their paper, the study authors concluded: "While there are a number of limitations to the methodology of this study, the results do suggest that the consumption of alcohol may modify RA, influencing both risk and severity." The study has been published online in the journal Rheumatology. ANI
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