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August 18, 2010

Women beer drinkers are at increased risk of psoriasis

According to the results of a new study published in the Archives of Dermatology, women who drink beer on a regular basis could be at increased risk of psoriasis.

Researchers suggest that the barley in beer is what causes the dreaded skin condition, characterized by itchy flaky skin. The study looked at 82,000 female nurses aged 27 to 44, comparing how much they drank between the period of 1991 until 2005.

Women who drank more than 2.3 beers a week were found to be at a 72% increased risk of psoriasis. Women who drank up to 5 beers a week were twice as likely to develop the condition than those women who did not drink any beer. Those women who drank non-alcoholic beer or other forms of alcohol were not at the same risk of developing psoriasis as those women who drank beer.

Author Dr Abrar Qureshi, from Harvard Medical School, Boston, wrote in the journal: “Non-light beer was the only alcoholic beverage that increased the risk of psoriasis, suggesting that certain non-alcoholic components of beer, which are not found in wine or liquor, may play an important role in new-onset psoriasis.”

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