8 Ways to Lower Your Risk of Gout

Reduce Alcohol Intake — Especially Beer

Alcoholic beverages interfere with the body’s ability to clear uric acid, increasing your risk of gout. In 2004, Harvard researchers reported that beer was the greatest offender — men who drank two or more beers per day had more than twice the risk of gout compared with men who didn’t drink beer. Spirits also caused an increase in gout but to a lesser degree. Wine did not seem to increase risk of gout, but I still recommend limiting your consumption.