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.