Do you like to drink a cold beer? Keep an eye on your skin.
New research shows that drinking a few drinks each week can increase your risk of developing psoriasis.
The link between beer and this uncomfortable and unsightly skin condition may not be obvious, but a study published in the Archives of Dermatology reveals a surprising link.
A team of researchers from Harvard Hospital and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital examined the medical and alcohol abuse data of more than 80,000 women, more than 1,000 of whom had developed psoriasis since the research program began in 1991.
The analysis found that drinking at least five beers a week is twice as likely to develop psoriasis as the others.
“Certain non-alcoholic components of beer, which are not found in wine or alcoholic beverages, can play an important role in psoriasis which is declared very recently”, explain the study authors . “One of these components could be the source of starch used in making beer.”
This starch is probably barley, which contains gluten, a substance that can worsen psoriasis.
So what should a woman in love with beer do? Switch to a light infusion.
“Non-light beer was the only alcoholic drink to have increased the risk of psoriasis,” write the researchers. No connection between light beer and psoriasis could be found.