Gout and Alcohol

You Think You’re a King?

Line Up of Tasty-Looking BeersYou have to have the gout and alcohol to prove it.

I hate to disappoint you, but we won’t be spending a lot of time on the connection of gout and alcohol. You’ve got gout, and you drink. Right? Are you going to stop? Probably not. Do you drink too much? Maybe. Should you drink less? Probably.

Is your lifestyle and your eating out of control? Well is it? Are you in denial? Just say “yes”, because that makes you a pretty average American…or Canadian…or Italian…or…you know what I mean. Gout and alcohol are part of life the world over.

So What Are We Going To Do?

As is the theme of my site, I’m not going to spout off a bunch of technical mumbo-jumbo about all the causes of gout and how much to drink or how much not to drink, or what’s in this and not in that kind of crap, let’s just get to something that you can actually get your mind wrapped around that will help keep you out of the gout zone.

You’re going to get sick of hearing this…drink more water! And not just any water! “Tap” water is full of weird chemicals that just add to your free radical damage. So do what you have to do: filter your tap water – avoid bottled water…what ever you do, drink good water!

Whether it’s beer, wine, whiskey, EverClear…doesn’t matter; alcohol dehydrates. Dehydration brings on gout.

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Hi Bert,

 

The “remedy” of BS and ACV worked immediately as you said it would. A steady diet of banana-blueberry smoothies, green tea and celery on Day 2 has kept the swelling down. Not sure what caused the flare up as we eat a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables, lean beef, chicken and fish, and moderate alcohol use. Your theory of too much acid, possibly caused by stress, makes sense. Will try lemon-infused water to make my body more alkaline – plus continue the bananas, celery and cherries. Other ideas welcome. The drugs the doctor prescribed were making me sick, so your remedy (other than the ACV ? was a welcome relief.

 

Paul

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How To Live With Gout And Alcohol

Here is my one and only tip for you that I live by:

  • Before you start drinking, drink a big pint of good water. Period.

Most of the time, I drink more than I should just because I’m thirsty. What about you? More water, better hydration, less alcohol consumption, more urination. You take on less and you flush more, that’s the theory.

If you absolutely cannot go with out drinking, when it comes to gout and alcohol, beer is the worst. Skip the beers and go for red wine – dark-skinned fruits like grapes are loaded with the antioxidant, resveratrol. That’s what the Mayo Clinic says. so it must be good for you, right?

If you haven’t been there already, click on any of the tabs for any of the following pages, they go hand-in-glove with this idea:

  • Gout Foods
  • The Environment
  • Awareness

Getting into this habit of drinking more water, especially before I start drinking, has made a huge difference for me…not to mention all the money it’s saved me!

 + Remember!  Gout and alcohol…they’re a bad influence on each other.

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