Gout and alcohol intake

Question

I was wondering Gout hit my elbo last night went to the doctor and he told me i had gout.My question is me being an acolholic how much does that put me in risk for getting worse,and what can happen to me or my body. Thank You!!!

Answer

Hi Ozzy,

Excessive alcohol use is a definite risk factor for gout, especially beer.  In fact, excessive alcohol use has many potential bad effects on the liver, heart, nerves, and other organs.  Best to try to get your intake down or eliminated completely to protect your health !!  Good luck !!

Joan Bathon, M.D.

About Joan Bathon, M.D.

Dr. Bathon was a Co-Deputy Director of the Division of Rheumatology at Hopkins Bayview. She was also the founder and director of the Hopkins Arthritis Center.