Moderate Drinking Might Slow Rheumatoid Arthritis Progression? Sign me up!

According to Reuters Health, recent studies support that moderate drinking may slow the progression of Rheumatoid Arthritis. A study of 2,908 Swiss RA patients followed for 4 years indicated less joint damage amongst people consuming one drink per day than their non-drinking counterparts. Who would have thought? I’ve been trying to convince my Rheumatologist to pass me the bottle for years! Can Reuters please call her ASAP? 

To drink or not to drink? That IS the question. All jokes aside, this issue is overwhelmingly confusing.  We’ve heard both sides of the debate a million times. Most rheumatologists will tell you that alcohol will poison you to death while many scientific studies seem to prove otherwise. OK, that’s a bit dramatic but seriously, which is it?! If I’m working out regularly and eating my fruits and veggies, can an innocent glass of wine with dinner be all that terrible?