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Beer linked to skin disease in women

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Women who drink five glasses of beer a week or more are at almost double the risk of developing the skin condition psoriasis as those who do not drink alcohol, according to US research on the drinking habits of nurses.

The US study looked at the alcohol intake of more than 80,000 female nurses, aged 27 to 44, over a 14-year period. Around 1,100 subjects had psoriasis.

The research, published online in the Archives of Dermatology, found women who drank wine, spirits or low-alcohol beer had no increased chance of developing psoriasis.

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  • As a beer quaffing female (nurse & CAMRA member!) I am horrified to read this article.
    The term 'beer' has surely been used loosely & I can only suppose that as cans & bottles of, were mentioned, 'Real Ale' was NOT consumed. My suspicion is that chemically produced, factory made beer or lager were the culprits.
    I personally have an improved complexion since discovering Real Ale. My Psoriasis of the scalp & Eczema are no more! I attribute this to the complete lack of chemical additives, hops, B vitamins & of course water in the beer that I drink.
    Women members of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) are on the increase & the benefits of drinking this 'in moderation' are at last being acknowledged.
    Perhaps the term 'beer' should be made more specific!

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