Hold the Beer, Please

A new study published Monday in the Archives of Dermatology points to an interesting link between psoriasis and beer.  The study indicates that women who drink beer on a regular basis may be more likely to develop psoriasis.  Psoriasis is an auto-immune disease that causes scaly lesions, redness and inflammation of the skin.  The study found that just five regular brews a week can increase a woman’s risk of psoriasis 2.3 times when compared with non-drinkers.

Interestingly, the researchers did not find a link between psoriasis and any other types of alcohol including light beers, wines or spirits.  People with psoriasis tend to be more sensitive to gluten than do those without the disease, and researchers believe that the gluten in regular beer, which comes from the barley used to ferment the beer, could be the culprit.