“There is evidence that alcohol consumption can affect immune responses and psoriasis is an autoimmune disease…”
~Bruce Bebo, Director of Research and Medical Programs at the National Psoriasis Foundation
Ladies, if you want to protect your skin, you might want to avoid beer.
After tracking 82,869 women over 15 years, researchers at Harvard Medical School, Boston University, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital discovered that even “moderate” drinking dramatically increases the risk of psoriasis in women:
- 3 drinks per week increases the psoriasis risk by 72%.
- Compared to women who don’t drink alcohol, women who consume 5 beers a week are up to 2.3 times more likely to develop psoriasis.
Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease characterized by scaly red patches on the skin and considerable itching.
Excessive drinking is associated with worsened psoriasis for several reasons:
- Alcohol suppresses the immune system.
- Alcohol increases inflammation.
- Alcoholics are susceptible to infections, which may play a role in the development of psoriasis.
- Excessive alcohol intake decreases the effectiveness of psoriasis treatment.
Psoriasis is just another way in which substance abuse can negatively impact your life. If your drinking is causing you problems and you are unable to stop, Lasting Recovery can help. Nationally-accredited and evidence-based, Lasting Recovery can give you the tools you need to craft your own successful return to sobriety.
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