8/19/2017

Alcohol and Gout

Alcohol and Gout

There are many things that are accepted as "fact" to cause gout flares and attacks. Doctors will tell you, no drinking, no red meats, no asparagus, etc. But how do you know? And how much is too much?

Many people are unwilling to give up their treats and are trying new ways to reduce the occurrences of gout flares. Alcohol in particular seems to be a "vice" of lots of people. One article quoted a gout victim as saying "I will go completely vegetarian before I will give up my wine!" Drinking is an enjoyable social interaction, with billions of people worldwide enjoying booze, whether it is a glass of wine with dinner or having multiple drinks while out dancing.

The Question is-are You Willing to Give All of that Up? Many Patients are Saying No

A trick that has worked for many patients is- if you have alcohol...flush it out! That is, drink a huge amount of water to be able to "rinse" out the uric acid before it has a chance to crystallize in your joints. This has a further benefit of reducing hangovers!

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Chris and his GOUT (and some tips to cure it)

Gout is a horrible form of arthritis that is caused by a buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints, mainly the foot joints. Chris recounts his recent gout flare up, how ...

  • Most patients, who have had gout for many years, have stated that how much you can drink really depends on how good the rest of your diet is.
  • For example, after eating steak, mashed potatoes and macaroni salad, having a couple of beers isn't automatically a good idea.
  • But having a healthy salad with grilled chicken may work to be able to allow you to have a glass or two of red wine.
  • Many gout sufferers reported "experimenting" with their diet and alcohol consumption in order to determine which approach is best for them.
  • Are you willing to risk having a gout flare to be able to have a drink?

From Our Own Research, Red Wine Seems to be the Best Tolerated of the Alcohols

Many patients reported no effect to having a glass of wine with dinner, or even a glass or two on special occasions. Beer on the other hand, seems to be the least tolerated. There may be many reasons for this. Beer tends to be drunk in multiples, whereas a glass of wine is slowly sipped and enjoyed.

  • Wine though, specifically red wine, is quite acidic, plus some gout patients are reporting that this is causing more flares compared to beer.
  • All of these gout sufferers though, were using allupurinol or perhaps buy Colcrys or perhaps get Celebrex for their gout and inflammations.
  • Be sure to talk to your doctor to determine which is right for you.

Author:

Julia Mulline is a medical writer based out of Vancouver, BC, Canada. The lady recommends Canada Drugs Online, a Canadian online pharmacy to buy Colcrys and get Celebrex.

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