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No biological benefits from alcohol seen in rheumatoid arthritis

Key clinical point: Patients with rheumatoid arthritis do not appear to benefit from moderate alcohol consumption.

Major finding: Patients with higher rheumatoid arthritis disease activity are more likely to stop drinking alcohol.

Study details: Cohort study of 16,762 individuals with rheumatoid arthritis.

Disclosures: The study was funded by grants to several authors from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the Rheumatology Research Foundation. Dr. Baker reported receiving consulting fees from Bristol-Myers Squibb outside of the current work.


Baker J et al. Arthritis Care Res. 2019 Mar 20. doi: 10.1002/acr.23847