Good news everyone!
A study by researchers from the University of Sheffield has determined that drinking alcohol may help reduce the severity of rheumatoid arthritis, and cut the risk of developing the disease.
James Maxwell, a rheumatologist at the Rotherham Foundation NHS Trust, told AFP:
"We found that patients who had drunk alcohol most frequently had symptoms that were less severe than those who had never drunk alcohol or only drunk it infrequently"
X-rays showed less damage to joints, and blood tests showed lower levels of inflammation, according to the report, published in the journal Rheumatology.
There was also less pain, swelling and disability.
Needless to say, Nanny's anti drink lobby says that this is no excuse to go out and drink more.
Ahem...yes it is!
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