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Drinking Beer May Cause Psoriasis in Women

Study Links Beer Drinking to Psoriasis

Is a tall cold beer your idea of a good time? And does craft beer, local breweries, or homebrew cause you to squeal with glee? If so, I have some news that might be hard to hear: women who regularly drink beer may be more likely to develop psoriasis. Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Boston University looked at data from 82,869 women, and recently published their findings in the Archives of Dermatology.

The participants — aged 27 to 44 at the beginning of the study — were followed for 14 years. Researchers found that as the women's beer consumption increased, so did their risk to the skin condition. During the course of the study, 1,150 cases of psoriasis developed, and the risk was 72 percent greater among women who had an average of 2.3 nonlight beers per week or more. Women who drank wine, liquor, or light beer seemed to be unaffected, leading researchers to believe that barley — or more specifically, the gluten in barley — is the culprit.

Researchers have believed for some time now that alcohol was linked to the onset of psoriasis, but weren't clear on the details. These findings suggest that the once suspected hypothesis holds some truth. If you have psoriasis, or have a family history of the skin disease, it may be a good idea to monitor your beer consumption, or switch to light beer instead.

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amber512 amber512 6 years
I don't drink beer or any alcohol really...but I've had psoriasis since I was a kid. The outbreaks are seemingly random, but I know they have nothing to do with alcohol in my case!
Spectra Spectra 6 years
That's weird. I don't drink beer a whole lot anymore, but I do use it on my hair to condition it. I had psoriasis on my scalp several years ago, but it's cleared up now. Beer doesn't seem to aggravate it or anything.
arcticpuppet arcticpuppet 6 years
well, it's a good thing i don't like beer...
amybdk amybdk 6 years
:jawdrop: NOOOOOOOOO!!!! This is not the type of news I like to hear about.
GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 6 years
But I haaaaaaate light beer. :( Fortunately, with better eating habits also come a more closely monitored alcohol intake. I've grown a deep fondness for beer, especially locally brewed porters and stouts, but have learned to save them for special occasions. I might throw back a few on a weekend, but will also sometimes go for a few weeks with very little to no alcohol consumption. More reason for me to keep that up!
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