Link between alcohol and allergic rhinitis
Friday 1st August, 2008
Recent studies in Denmark have discovered a link between alcohol consumption and perennial allergic rhinitis.
Published in the Clinical and Experimental Allergy, the study found the risk of suffering allergic rhinitis increased by 3% for every additional drink per week.
Alcohol is a common trigger of hypersensitive reactions and can influence the immune system. As there is an increase in alcohol intake in western lifestyle it could be one of the factors contributing to the rise in allergic rhinitis cases.
5,870 women aged 20-29 years took part in the study and all were free of seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis at the start. After 7-9 years, the women were contacted again – 831 (14%) of them had developed seasonal allergic rhinitis and 523 (9%).
Researchers observed the more alcohol the women reported they had, the higher their risk of developing perennial allergic rhinitis. Women who reported drinking more than 14 alcoholic drinks per week were 78% more likely to develop perennial allergic rhinitis than women who had reported drinking less than one drink a week.