Moderate drinking helps prevent arthritis

The new issue of the British Medical Journal published a report that researchers from institutions such as the Caroline Medical School in Sweden surveyed the health information of more than 30,000 women. They were born between 1914 and 1948 and received long-term follow-up investigations. Some of them have been tracked until 2009.

The analysis showed that those who drank more than 3 cups per week had a 52% lower risk of rheumatoid arthritis than those who did not drink, while those who drank more than 4 drinks per week had less than 1 drink per week. The risk of rheumatoid arthritis is also 37% lower. The definition of a glass of wine is equivalent to 15 grams of alcohol. It is converted to various situations such as drinking red wine and beer. These different alcohols have similar effects in preventing arthritis.

Researchers say that arthritis is caused by a healthy tissue that the immune system mistakenly attacks the joints, and alcohol can suppress this effect of the immune system, so drinking can help prevent arthritis.

For the role of alcohol, research has been gradually revealed in recent years. For example, researchers from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden reported in the Journal of the National Academy of Sciences in 2006 that if the rats were given a small amount of alcohol per day, they could significantly reduce their suffering. The risk of rheumatoid arthritis; in 2010, researchers at the University of Sheffield in the UK also reported in the journal Rheumatology that a survey of some arthritis patients showed that drinking alcohol can alleviate their symptoms of arthritis.

However, the researchers also stressed that drinking alcohol can help prevent arthritis and can not be used as an excuse for alcoholism, because early studies have shown that alcoholism can lead to a variety of health risks, only moderate drinking, can use alcohol to avoid its disadvantages.