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Clinical dermatology ● Review article
Alcohol and psoriasis: sobering thoughts
Article first published online: 20 NOV 2013
© 2013 British Association of Dermatologists
Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
Volume 38, Issue 8, pages 819–822, December 2013
How to Cite
Adamzik, K., McAleer, M. A. and Kirby, B. (2013), Alcohol and psoriasis: sobering thoughts. Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, 38: 819–822. doi: 10.1111/ced.12013
- Issue published online: 20 NOV 2013
- Article first published online: 20 NOV 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 29 JUL 2012
The association between psoriasis and alcohol consumption is complex. Epidemiological evidence suggests that patients with moderate to severe psoriasis have an increased incidence of alcohol-related diseases and mortality. This appears to be unique to psoriasis compared with other autoimmune diseases. Excessive alcohol consumption may contribute to systemic inflammation and the comorbidities associated with psoriasis, including cardiovascular disease and depression. Screening for hazardous alcohol consumption and appropriate interventions may be useful in patients with moderate to severe psoriasis.