My Gout Update 2 – How Excessive Drinking Can Lead to a Gout Flare Up

Today morning I woke up to a minor gout flare up on my left foot. Thank God, this one doesn’t feel like a full-on flare up. Can’t blame anyone but myself. I went on a week long trip with my family and I ended up drinking everyday. This is what normally happens when my family and I go on vacations. I feel good and relaxed, so I celebrate by drinking in the room or hotel bar.

Like I said before, drinking alcohol can cause gout flare ups especially when your body is in the condition of high uric acid and then you add to the situation by eating or drinking foods that could tip the scale.

How Alcohol Can Trigger a Gout Flare Up:

  • Increased Uric Acid Production: Alcohol, especially beer, has been linked to increased uric acid production in the body. Certain types of alcohol, such as beer, contain purines, which are broken down into uric acid. Additionally, alcohol can interfere with the excretion of uric acid by the kidneys.
  • Dehydration: Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it increases urine production and can lead to dehydration. Dehydration can concentrate uric acid in the blood and reduce its excretion, contributing to the formation of uric acid crystals in the joints.
  • Inhibition of Uric Acid Excretion: Alcohol can interfere with the kidneys’ ability to excrete uric acid, leading to higher levels in the bloodstream.
  • Acidosis: Some alcoholic beverages can contribute to an acidic environment in the body. This may promote the formation of uric acid crystals.
  • Weight Gain: Excessive alcohol consumption is often associated with weight gain. Being overweight or obese is a risk factor for gout, as it can lead to increased production and decreased excretion of uric acid.

It’s important to note that not everyone who drinks alcohol will develop gout, and there are multiple factors involved in the development of this condition, including genetics, diet, overall health, and other lifestyle factors. If someone is experiencing gout flare ups, it’s advisable for them to consult with a healthcare professional for proper diagnosis and management. Additionally, moderating alcohol intake, staying hydrated, and adopting a healthy lifestyle can help reduce the risk of gout flare-ups.

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