Alcohol & MS Risk

Recent research has found an inverse association between alcohol consumption and multiple sclerosis risk. In this particular study, heavier drinkers were less likely to have MS than nondrinkers.
The research, conducted at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden and published in the journal JAMA Neurology, looked at existing data from two population studies in Sweden. Other research into the relationship between alcohol intake and the risk of developing MS have yielded inconsistent results, leaving physicians without grounds to advise for or against drinking in terms of its impact on MS risk.
The new findings don’t really change that. The problem with studies that draw on existing data to detect a link between a lifestyle factor and disease risk is that they only establish an association, not a cause-and-effect relationship.
So the medical community has to be very careful about how to present such findings, and we bloggers/reporters have to be careful, too, so as not to put more stock in the new information than we should. Plus, even if turns out to be true that alcohol consumption does lower MS risk, that doesn’t mean people should start drinking, or drinking more than they already do, as a means of warding off MS.
As I have written before, I enjoy drinking wine, but not for medicinal purposes. I sure never considered that drinking might lower my risk of MS. In any case, it didn’t work out that way for me!
How about you? Are you curious about whether your alcohol consumption has any effect on your MS?
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Jennifer LaRue Huget, Blogger

Jennifer LaRue Huget was diagnosed with MS in 2001. A freelance writer and children's book author, she lives in Connecticut with her husband, two teenage kids, and two brown dogs. Her website is