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Regular drinking halves risk of rheumatoid arthritis, says report

Alcohol consumption substantially reduces the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, Scandinavian researchers report.

They analysed two separate studies, including 2,750 people with rheumatoid arthritis and case-matched controls.

The quarter of men and women with the highest alcohol consumption were up to 50% less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis than the half who drank the least, with the risk cut most in smokers with genetic risk factors for the condition.

Annals of Rheumatic Diseases 2008 5June early online publication

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