Moderate consumption may lower risk of rheumatoid arthritis

Frankly, I want to know who funds these things.

Snark aside, this is more good news for people who enjoy their alcoholic beverages moderately. In this case, moderate means more than three drinks per week. (They really didn’t give an upper bound.) Oh, and the study was on Swedish women.

After taking into account other factors like age, diet and smoking, the researchers found that people who reported drinking more than three alcoholic beverages a week — where a single beverage is defined as 500 milliliters of beer, 150 milliliters of wine or 50 milliliters of liquor — had a 52 percent lower rheumatoid arthritis risk, compared with people who never drank.

The working theory is that since rheumatoid arthritis is an anti-immune disease, that the alcohol is probably mildly suppressing the body’s immune function.

A study in Oregon found similar results with moderate drinking protecting against osteoporosis.

Of course, they take pains to remind us that heavy drinking offers up plenty of deleterious effects of its own.

It’s not a good reason to start drinking, but it’s still good news.

(via Choose Responsibility Blog (via Huffington Post))