A recent study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston looked to investigate correlation between the disability rate and severity of diagnoses of a person with multiple sclerosis and alcohol intake. The research also compared if there was a difference between the intake of wine, beer or liquor.
Dr. Camilio Diaz-Cruz and colleagues studied just over 900 MS patients, with more than 70% being female, and the associations between their alcohol consumption and the rate of disability. The participants enrolled in the Comprehensive Longitudinal Investigation of Multiple Sclerosis study, in which they completed multiple surveys about their alcohol consumption and information about different aspects of their diagnoses including disability status and severity of MS. From the cohort, there were nondrinkers, those who preferred 80-proof liquor, drank beer and consumed red wine or white wine. On average, the alcohol intake level was 1.1 serving per week.
What did they find?
Those who drank larger amounts of alcohol had a lower rate of disability and MS severity.
What is best to drink?
Drinking hard liquor had the most significant relationship between amount consumed and multiple sclerosis symptoms. Beer consumption also noted some lower disability and severity scores. Unfortunately, both red and white wine had no significant affiliation between intake and decreased disability rate.
For me, white wine has been my go to for a while now, but reading the study has made me consider drinking some hard alcohol too.
Do you drink? If no, will you start to drink? Will you switch what you drink? I’d love to hear what you think.
Vanessa is a 28 year old living in Massachusetts with her husband and 7 year old Puggle, named Rocky. She currently works in an elementary school and as a fitness instructor and health/fitness coach. She was diagnosed in April of 2014 with relapse-remitting MS and is currently taking Tecfidera. She enjoys being outdoors, spending time with her family and friends, reading, and traveling.