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Can alcohol make gout symptoms worse?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Gastroenterology 29 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.
Last updated Jun 17, 2015
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