Drinking non-light beer may boost risk of psoriasis in
women, a study published in the December 2010 issue of Archives of
The study led by Abrar A. Qureshi, M.D., M.P.H., of Brigham and Women's
Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston found women who drank five or
more non-light beers per week were 2.3 times as likely as those who did not
drink beer to be diagnosed with psoriasis.
The authors of the study said in their report that alcoholic beverages have
been suspected for a long time as a risk factor for psoriasis onset and
psoriasis worsening. Alcohol drinkers are known to be more likely to suffer
the disease and alcohol may exacerbate the severity of the disease.
For the study, the researchers surveyed 82,860 women aged 27 to 44 who
participated in the NUrses' Health Study II for the amount and type pf
alcohol they consumed through biennial questionnaires and participants
reported also whether they were diagnosed with psoriasis.
Women who had an average of 2.3 drinks or more each week were 72 percent
more likely than those who did not drink alcohol to report they suffered
psoriasis, the study found.