Links Between Alcohol Intake and the likelihood of relapse
Recent research performed by S L Jowett, C J Seal, M S Pearce, E Phillips,
W Gregory, J R Barton and M R Welfare has shown that there would appear
to be a link between relapse in ulcerative colitis and alcohol intake.
Details of the paper can be found at http://gut.bmjjournals.com/cgi/reprint/53/10/1479.
Of the people monitored those with a daily alcohol intake of 2 or more
units per day were found to be more likely to relapse than those with
an intake of 1 unit or less per day. The effects of even moderately higher
alcohol intake were roughly shown to double the chance of relapse.
Based upon this research it would therefore seem sensible for those with
colitis to reduce their consumption of alcohol as far as is possible
- preferably down to the equivalent of about one glass of wine per