I have a sore hand. Gout. Which makes writing painful, but not impossible. And, because I can still hold a glass thank God, allows me still to enjoy the odd wine.
Also suffered these days by 1 in 40 Britons, a rise of 64 % in 15 years, and, even more disturbingly, by more elderly New Zealanders than any other people in the World.
In one of the largest studies of its kind a group of leading American researchers has 12 years charted the effect of alcohol consumption on gout.
The results - Beer: contains the most purines. As few as 2 to 4 beers per week increase the risk of gout by 25%. Those who drink daily increase the risk by 200%.
Wine: The winner when it comes to the drink of choice for gout sufferers. Though wine also contains purines, the study concludes it has no measurable effect on gout.