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What is the best alcohol to drink with gout?

What is the best alcohol to drink with gout?

Better to stay away: Alcohol should be avoided with gout since drinking can often bring on an attack or make it worse. ...Read more

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Dr. Pierre Moeser
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Gout (Definition)

Gout is when too much uric acid gets deposited in a joint. The classic one is the big toe although others can be affected. Lifestyle factors like red meat and alcohol ...Read more


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What could be some causes for reoccurring gout in an individual that is athletic and diet is all in moderation. Some alcohol 3-4 per week?. Thanks!

What could be some causes for reoccurring gout in an individual that is athletic and diet is all in moderation.  Some alcohol 3-4 per week?. Thanks!

Gout causes : Gout can be related to diet but sometimes no specific dietary influences are found. It's often due to a metabolic defect whereby you produce too much uric acid. This can then crystalize in a joint and cause severe pain. Have you had your uric acids level checked ? If it's raised and you are having recurrent attacks you might want to consider a medication called allopurinol. ...Read more

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Can alcohol make gout symptoms worse?

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. ...Read more

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Had first gout attack 3 months ago, since then I've made a real effort to change diet, cut out alcohol, lose weight, but having attacks now. Normal?

Had first gout attack 3 months ago, since then I've made a real effort to change diet, cut out alcohol, lose weight, but having attacks now. Normal?

Yes: Diet is one contributing factor to but certain characteristics of your body also play a role. Your body is either over producing uric acid or not eliminating enough uric acid. That Is WHY you are having attacks. A doctor can prescribe medicine to help you with that. Also, certain arthritic conditions can mimic gout so a thorough workup would be a very good idea. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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How does alcohol consumption affect gout?

How does alcohol consumption affect gout?

Makes it worse: Alcohol increases the level of uric acid, which is the chemical responsible for gout in predisposed individuals. In some people, gout only occurs when they are drinking. The byproducts of alcohol are excreted preferentially to the byproducts of uric acid, raising their levels, in some people raising them markedly. People with gout should not use alcohol, or drink very sparingly. ...Read more

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Any tips? What should I avoid eating and drinking if I have gout?

Gout diet: Generally, i recommend patients avoid or severely cut down on red meats, organ meats, shellfish. Also you should avoid or severely reduce alcohol, soda intake as these often cause a diuretic effect (makes you urinate) which may dehydrate and increase uric acid levels causing gout. Drink plenty of water if exercising. You may want to avoid protein supplements as well. ...Read more