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Alcohol reduces the risk of rheumatoid arthritis

Issue 26 Synovium (Spring 2009)

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Data from two Scandinavian case-control studies were used to calculate the odds ratios for developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA) for different amounts of alcohol consumed. A dose-dependent reduction in the risk of developing RA was demonstrated in both studies. This finding is in line with a previously reported alcohol-related preventative effect in experimental arthritis. However we should remember that alcohol has multiple effects with respect to risk of developing disease and the overall health effects are likely to be negative.

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