London: Moderate drinkers have a lower risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis and the disease progresses slower, according to a new study.
The relationship between drinking and joint damage progression was stronger among men than women, the study also found. Finckh said the gender bias was unexpected, but said one possibility behind it could be the overall difference in alcohol `dose` between men and women. Some 27 per cent of the men in the study said they drank once per day, compared with only 14 per cent of women. The findings also suggest people with rheumatoid arthritis who already drink moderately should not be encouraged to stop. IANS
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