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Alcohol Awareness Week

Its alcohol awareness week this week in the UK and many people often overlook the links between alcohol and psoriasis.

I was always a big social drinker, it went with the territory of playing team sport every weekend but as my health deteriorated and I was diagnosed with yet another autoimmune condition (Psoriatic Arthritis) in my mid-20s, I started realising how awful I felt when I drank alcohol. Not the usual next day but for days afterwards. My knees would ache, heels would throb and I even suffered at the time. After one drink my face would start to flush and (weirdly) ears swell, go red and my eyes would itch. All very embarrassing on a Saturday night out!

It wasn’t until I had three years without a drop of alcohol (due to a complication with my liver and methotrexate) that I realised just how much it was adding to my symptoms. I have the odd drink now but very much in moderation, stopping at 2-3 drinks and often going weeks without any alcohol. I also found which drinks affected me more than others so that I can still enjoy myself on a night out and not suffer for the next few days.

So why don’t you try cutting out alcohol for a month or changing your drinking habits? You might be surprised how much it helps!

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Joel Nelson

Joel Nelson

Joel has lived with numerous forms of arthritis most of his life, with the onset when he was just 11 years old. In 2019, Joel created his blog, JoelvsArthritis to share his experiences, raise awareness and to be an advocate for those with arthritis and other autoimmune conditions. In his short writing career, Joel has written for a number of leading autoimmune and disability charities and is a community advocate and writer for Read his arthritis story here:

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