Alcohol affects psoriasis flares directly by increasing inflammation in the body. For this reason it is useful to think about how your drinking habits may be affecting your skin health.
Many of us are drinking more alcohol than we realise. Maybe having psoriasis is a useful reason for you to take a look at your drinking habits.
The benefits of making small changes to your drinking habits, even if you don’t drink much, could be huge for you. It can lessen your chance of a flare and improve your general skin health, your mood and your waistline!
It is worth thinking about why, when and where we drink alcohol. For many of us the ‘why’ is about relaxing with friends. However, some of us drink more to help us to feel better or to sleep.
Having psoriasis can be stressful and some people with the condition use alcohol to cope. The tricky thing is that alcohol can worsen psoriasis flares, worsen your mood and reduce your quality of sleep.
It’s up to you to decide if this is the right time to cut down the amount of alcohol you drink. Sometimes thinking of reasons to change are useful:
If you have psoriasis there is no simple answer to this question. Drinking less alcohol may mean your treatment options are widened as some medicines can’t be offered if you are regularly drinking alcohol. Many dermatologists are reluctant to prescribe medicines such as methotrexate in people who drink alcohol.
If you don’t feel like you can reduce your alcohol at the moment, be honest with your doctor. You may need to discuss an alternative approach for treating your psoriasis.
Looking after my skin health means thinking about my alcohol use. I managed to cut down by trying different things:
There are some great apps and easy resources available online for helping you to manage your drinking.
Remember, what you DO is influenced by what you THINK and how you FEEL. Make a note of your thoughts and feelings when you reach
for that extra glass.
Linking mind and body
Systemics and biologics
Use this section to note down what you think about alcohol and your psoriasis.
I will distract myself with something else that I enjoy like reading
I will feel more in control
I am tempted to drink too much alcohol at home...
I will remember cutting down could improve my psoriasis
I am tempted to drink too much alcohol when I am out
For further advice or information please consult your healthcare provider or psoriasis patient association in your region
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