The study will be presented on June 16, 2010, at the Annual Congress of the European League Against Rheumatism, being held in Rome, Italy.
One group of participants already had arthritic conditions. They were enrolled in the Leiden Early Arthritis Cohort. The other group, the controls, were enrolled in the Multiple Environmental and Genetic Assessment.
Both groups were evaluated as to their level of alcohol consumption before the experiment began and at various times during the study.
External factors, such as gender, age, body mass index, and smoking, were taken into account.
According to the study, the participants showed the more alcohol that was consumed the more 'systemic inflammation' occurred.
The researchers are unsure why this relationship exists.
Page two concludes with two hypotheses for the existence of the relationship.
Dr. Annekoos Leonoor Huidekoper, the lead researcher in the study, stated, "We know from previous research that alcohol consumption may confer a protective effect against developing RA [rheumatoid arthritis], our data have shown that this effect may apply to other arthritic conditions too.'
Dr. Huidekoper, also from Leiden University Medical Centre, in The Netherlands, added, 'What intrigues us now is that the findings related to systemic inflammation, further research into the inflammatory pathways involved is needed to determine the exact nature of the association."
Please read the before-mentioned EurekAlert article in more detail for further information.