IN THIS month's ARCHIVES, Poikolainen et al1 offer the new finding that patients with psoriasis face a greater likelihood of death from heavy drinking and smoking. The authors conclude that psoriasis has its onset after heavy alcohol use, making alcohol a risk factor for psoriasis. The authors recommend preventing heavy alcohol use and smoking among patients with psoriasis as a way to help them improve their disease, quality of life, and life span.
Zimmerman GM. Alcohol and PsoriasisA Double Burden. Arch Dermatol. 1999;135(12):1541-1542. doi:10.1001/archderm.135.12.1541