Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Alcohol, fibromyalgia, and quality of life

Low and moderate drinkers had better scores for physical function, ability to work, the number of work days missed, fatigue and pain, than people who abstained. Moderate drinkers who had between three and seven standard drinks a week seemed to have less pain than low or heavy drinkers, even when the results were controlled for confounding factors. A standard drink is equivalent to 12 American oz / 355ml (1.25 units) of beer, 5 oz/ 148ml of wine (1.8 units), or 1.5 oz/ 44ml (1.8 units) of distilled spirits. Similar results were seen for the quality of life scale including social functioning, vitality and general health.

Alcohol, fibromyalgia, and quality of life -- ScienceDaily

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This sounds like an an excuse for a glass of wine! I've had a look at the study though and my hunch is that cause and effect is the other way around. When your symptoms are mild you can tolerate more alcohol and go to social occasions where there is alcohol etc. Also it isn't a good idea to drink and take opioids and the abstainers took more opioid painkillers (probably because their pain was worse!).


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