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can alcohol make gout symptoms worse?

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Yes: Gout can be caused by elevated uric acid which can precipitate anywhere in the body, but most commonly in the big toe. Alcohol raises uric acid levels, so in general if you have gout, try not to drink alcohol.
Dr. Jack Hinkle
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: Alcohol can decrease the excretion of urates by the kidney thus increasing your uric acid levels, and thus your symptoms of gout.

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I have heard thatgoutis a form of arthritis, is that true?

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Dr. Helena Bentley
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Gout: By definition, arthritis is inflammation of the joint. Gout is inflammation of one or more joint caused by urate crystal deposits in the joint. So, the answer is yes.
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I am having a lot of flares. Is there a way to prevent gout flares?

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Gout: The best way is to avoid the foods that may cause flare-ups.
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Is it possible to be addicted to things other than drugs and alcohol?

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Absolutely.: Chocolate, fat, video games - anything that gives instant pleasure is likely to have a corresponding addiction. Yes, that, too.
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Alcohol used to be fun in college, but now I can't seem to get out of this funk.

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Depressant: Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant. It eventually lowers your mood. The "buzz" that people feel when intoxicated is related to the lowering of inhibitions due to the depressant effect on the brain. Chronic alcoholics often need larger amounts of alcohol to achieve this effect which often lasts for a shorter period. This creates a vicious cycle and sustained abuse.
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Does alcohol affect seizures?

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