Posriasis and Alcohol


As we’re about to enter the annual ‘party season’ in the lead up to Christmas, I thought it might be a good idea to talk about psoriasis and alcohol, and the affect drink can have on the condition.
Studies have shown that there is a link between the consumption of alcohol and a flare up in psoriasis – even more so if the consumption involves binge drinking.  One study indicates that psoriasis is present in only 1% of the population who don’t drink, compared to 5% of those who do, whilst chronic alcoholics have been shown to suffer from psoriasis at a rate of up to 7 times more than the population as a whole.  In addition, around half of adults with the condition also displayed levels of alcoholism or alcohol abuse.  These are quite big statistics.
Whilst alcohol can enflame your condition, at the same time it can have a severely negative effect on the success of your treatment, inhibiting drugs and reducing the effectiveness of creams and topical applications to your skin. This becomes even more exacerbated with sustained alcohol abuse over the long term.
Much work still needs to be done on studying exactly how alcohol interacts with psoriasis, although it is believed that it may contribute to growth of the yeast ‘Candida’ within the digestive system -  another condition linked with psoriasis.  Studies indicate there may also be a link between psoriasis and smoking, which affects the immune system as well as the skin, contributing to psoriasis outbreaks. Yet another good reason to stop smoking.
However, this does not mean that if you have psoriasis and drink heavily then you will necessarily continue to suffer.  Evidence shows that those who stop drinking completely, or drink only moderately and infrequently, see a marked decrease in the frequency of their outbreaks.  And when outbreaks do occur, they are likely to be far less virulent.
So, this coming Christmas season, do enjoy yourself, but try to remember – everything in moderation.  Your psoriasis should then be kept under control come the New Year, and your overall health will also benefit.

As we’re about to enter the annual ‘party season’ in the lead up to Christmas, I thought it might be a good idea to talk about psoriasis and alcohol, and the affect drink can have on the condition.

Studies have shown that there is a link between the consumption of alcohol and a flare up in psoriasis – even more so if the consumption involves binge drinking.  One study indicates that psoriasis is present in only 1% of the population who don’t drink, compared to 5% of those who do, whilst chronic alcoholics have been shown to suffer from psoriasis at a rate of up to 7 times more than the population as a whole.  In addition, around half of adults with the condition also displayed levels of alcoholism or alcohol abuse.  These are pretty big statistics.

Whilst alcohol can enflame your condition, at the same time it can have a severely negative effect on the success of your treatment, inhibiting drugs and reducing the effectiveness of creams and topical applications to your skin. This becomes even more exacerbated with sustained alcohol abuse over the long term.

A lot of work still needs to be done on studying exactly how alcohol interacts with psoriasis, although it is believed that it may contribute to growth of the yeast ‘Candida’ within the digestive system -  another condition linked with psoriasis.  Studies indicate there may also be a link between psoriasis and smoking, which affects the immune system as well as the skin, contributing to psoriasis outbreaks. Yet another good reason to stop smoking.

However, this does not mean that if you have psoriasis and drink heavily then you will necessarily continue to suffer.  Evidence shows that those who stop drinking completely, or drink only moderately and infrequently, see a marked decrease in the frequency of their outbreaks.  And when outbreaks do occur, they are likely to be far less virulent.

So, this coming Christmas season, do enjoy yourself, but try to remember – everything in moderation.  Your psoriasis should then be kept under control come the New Year, and your overall health will also benefit.

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