The Risks of Excessive Chicken and Beer Consumption: Link to Gout

Office workers often find solace in indulging in a post-work ritual of enjoying chicken and beer. However, it is important to exercise caution, as excessive consumption of these beloved treats can potentially lead to the development of gout. Excessive alcohol intake can elevate uric acid levels, which in turn contributes to the onset of gout and other related ailments.

Gout, characterized by the accumulation of uric acid in the body, manifests as painful inflammation in the joints and surrounding membranes. The buildup of uric acid clusters in joints and tissues provokes an inflammatory response, causing severe joint pain and various complications.

The presence of purine, a compound that generates uric acid, is what necessitates vigilance in regard to chicken and beer intake. Protein, which constitutes the main component of chicken, and barley, a key ingredient in beer production, are both rich sources of purine. Consuming excessive amounts of these purine-rich foods increases the concentration of uric acid in the bloodstream, elevating the risk of developing gout.

While gout predominantly affects individuals in their forties and fifties, even those in their twenties and thirties who relish in the pleasures of chicken and beer cannot afford to dismiss the possibility of gout. Its common symptoms include seizures, swelling, and excruciating pain in the big toe. As the condition progresses, redness and swelling may extend to the ankles and knees, with even the slightest touch causing intense discomfort. The intensity of the pain may cause gout to go undetected during its early stages, only to resurface when least expected.

However, it is crucial to exercise caution, as the exacerbation of symptoms not only leads to gouty arthritis and the formation of gouty nodules but may also trigger additional complications, such as other systemic metabolic disorders. If joints, particularly the big toe, exhibit signs of redness or heat, it is imperative to consider the possibility of early-stage gout and promptly seek medical attention.

Director Park Jae-hong of the renowned Seoul Gichan Pain Medicine Clinic advises, “Gout can be diagnosed through blood tests and fluid analysis conducted at healthcare facilities. During the initial stages, non-surgical treatment options, such as medication or injections, are typically prescribed. However, in cases where severe pain significantly impedes daily activities or acute recurrences become frequent, surgical intervention may be deemed necessary.”

He further emphasizes the importance of seeking proper treatment, as neglecting gout can result in prolonged absorption time for the accumulation of gout nodules within joints, leading to chronic joint pain and mobility issues. In addition to medical intervention, consuming generous amounts of water and limiting the consumption of red meat and fatty foods are strongly encouraged. Engaging in regular exercise routine also plays a pivotal role in managing this condition, he adds.

Adhering to these preventive measures can significantly mitigate the risk of developing gout or experiencing severe flare-ups. As office workers strive to strike a balance between enjoyment and health, maintaining moderation when indulging in the much-coveted combination of chicken and beer becomes imperative.

Medical Today Reporter Kim Jun-su (

[메디컬투데이=김준수 기자] For office workers, having chicken and beer after work is a little healing time. However, you need to be careful because eating too much chicken and beer can cause gout. Excessive drinking can increase uric acid levels and is considered a factor in the development of diseases such as gout.

Gout is a disease where, as the level of uric acid in the body increases, the uric acid turns into spinal protrusions, causing inflammation in the joints and the membrane around the joints. Uric acid clusters build up in joints and other tissues, causing an inflammatory response and causing severe joint pain and other complications.

The reason you need to be careful with chicken and beer is because of yosan. Barley, the raw material for beer, and protein, the main ingredient in chicken, contain a lot of purine, which creates uric acid. For this reason, excessive eating increases the concentration of uric acid in the blood, increasing the likelihood of developing gout.

The most common gout sufferers are those in their 40s and 50s, but even those in their 20s and 30s who enjoy chicken and beer can’t ignore gout.

The typical symptoms are seizures, swelling, and pain in the big toe. Over time, your ankles and knees can become red and swollen, and even a simple brush can cause severe pain. Gout may not be recognized in the early stages because the pain can be severe and then disappear.

▲ Director Park Jae-hong (Photo = Provided by Seoul Gichan Pain Medicine Clinic)
However, care must be taken because if the symptoms worsen, it not only causes gouty arthritis or gouty nodules, but also causes additional problems such as other systemic metabolic diseases. If you have never been injured by this, but your joints, such as your big toe, are red or hot, you should suspect the early symptoms of gout and visit the hospital.

Director Park Jae-hong of the Seoul Ki-chan Pain Medicine Clinic said, “Hospitals test for gout through blood tests and body fluid tests. “In the early stages of gout, non-surgical treatment is performed such as drugs or injections, but if the pain is severe enough to cause difficulty in daily life and acute recurrences occur frequently, surgical treatment is performed,” he explained.

He continued, “If you suffer from gout but neglect treatment, you have to be careful because the gout nodules that accumulate in the joints take a long time to be absorbed naturally, which can lead to chronic joint pain and movement disorders. In addition to treatment, you should drink plenty of water and avoid overeating red meat and fatty foods. “Regular exercise is also important,” he said.

Medical Today Reporter Kim Jun-su (

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