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Asthma: hazardous

January 23, 2002

Source: Daily Mail http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-96336/Why-glass-wine-make-asthma-worse.html

Drinking just a glass of wine or a pint of beer a day could make asthma and allergies worse, a new scientific study suggests. Experts have uncovered the first evidence that even moderate alcohol intake can seriously disrupt the body’s immune system.

The findings could explain the rise in asthma and allergies in the past decade, which have reached epidemic proportions. There are now 5.1 million asthma sufferers in the UK, and millions more with other allergic diseases.

Scientists tested almost 500 volunteers looking at a chemical in the blood, called IgE, involved in triggering asthma and allergy. The tests showed that those who drank more than one alcoholic drink per day had higher levels of the chemical.

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