Why Psoriasis and Alcohol Do Not Mix Well

Alcohol abuse is dangerous for your health. Drink in moderation.

If your dermatologist regularly asks you about your alcohol consumption here’s why.

A link has been found between excessive alcohol consumption and psoriasis.

The exact nature of this link is not yet known, but it may influence the course of your psoriasis. Let’s try to find out more.

Psoriasis and Alcohol Do Not Mix Well

Regular and abusive alcohol consumption aggravates skin diseases.

The skin of the face is made up of small cutaneous capillaries that dilate due to alcohol abuse, resulting in redness on the cheeks and dilated blood vessels.

Alcohol also causes a drying of the epidermis, which leads to a loss of suppleness of the skin and a feeling of irritation.

When the liver is no longer able to eliminate the toxins from the drink, it gets tired and no longer does its job properly; cell renewal is less efficient.

This results in cellular renewal not carried out correctly, and it goes hand in hand with premature aging of the skin and the appearance of small wrinkles.

Pockets under the eyes become much more pronounced, and the face may start to look dull and tired! In short, alcohol abuse is really harmful, whether you have psoriasis or not, but in the case of psoriasis, the effect can be even more negative.

Some people who have psoriasis take refuge in alcohol, which only accentuates the symptoms of their disease.

Alcohol Can Worsen Psoriasis?

Excessive drinking has a significant impact on the course and nature of the disease.

Not only may it promote the development of pre-existing psoriasis, but excessive drinkers also present more severe, more extensive, and more inflammatory lesions.

In addition, alcohol consumption is associated with increased resistance to treatment and a tendency to be less compliant with prescriptions.

Excessive consumption can also cause sleep disorders by increasing sensitivity to itching.

Certain psoriasis treatments are contraindicated in cases of excessive alcohol consumption.

Several hypotheses are still being studied to explain the mechanism by which alcohol intervenes in the course of psoriasis. It is known that after drinking alcoholic beverages, ethanol quickly appears in the skin.

In addition to an inflammation-promoting effect, one assumption is that this ethanol could also alter the epidermal barrier (superficial layer of the skin) and allow the penetration of environmental factors (chemical or biological) that would act on the skin’s immunity, aggravating psoriasis.

Alcohol consumption creates stress on the liver and increases the permeability of the intestine. 

This intestinal imbalance activates the production of bacteria that can lead to an inflammatory cascade and promote immune disruption.

In the case of psoriasis, this leads to a flare-up.

Alcohol also stimulates the formation of skin cells, which is undesirable since a person who has psoriasis already produces too many of them.

Remember that skin cells normally regenerate in 28 days, whereas in psoriasis, the cells regenerate every 3 to 7 days.

Once psoriasis is declared, excessive alcohol consumption is not recommended, and treatments are incompatible.

They create interactions and potential side effects.

Does the Type of Alcohol Matter?

There is no type-specific relationship between psoriasis and alcohol. This means that it is less about the drink you want and more about the amount you drink.

It all comes down to your habits and how much you drink in a particular session.

Even though it is the amount of alcohol ingested and not the drink itself, the truth is that your choice of alcohol can also make a difference if we keep other aspects in mind.

Drinks containing gluten are more likely to be harmful than those that don’t.

Psoriasis and Beer Consumption

Beer consumption increases the chances of developing this disease since it reports that beer would be the alcohol most responsible for psoriasis outbreaks.

Indeed, a consumption of 5 beers per week would double the risks to develop the disease compared to people who do not drink beer.

Non-alcoholic ingredients in beer could also play an important role in developing psoriasis, such as barley which contains gluten.

People with psoriasis may be more sensitive to that.

It has been known for some time that there is a close link with the functioning of the digestive system.

A person with psoriasis who is intolerant to gluten should not drink beer because barley is an active ingredient.

Psoriasis and Wisky Consumption

The same struggle goes for whisky, which contains barley; therefore, its consumption must be very limited in gluten intolerance and banned in the case of a gluten allergy.

Psoriasis and Wine Consumption

Wine, made from grapes, is rich in anti-oxidants; and seems to be suitable for more people.

Wine should always be consumed in moderation because any excesses are harmful as well.

Advice for Psoriasis Patients Who Want to Drink in Moderation

  • Do not abuse alcohol and know how to choose it, especially gluten intolerance or allergy.
  • If you notice that alcohol harms your psoriasis, it would be wise to consult a physician.
  • It is possible to detect a previously unsuspected gluten intolerance.

Here is another common sense tip: your body is a valuable advisor.

Listen to it to detect any intolerance. Drink alcohol in moderation, but don’t ignore the moderation advice even if you don’t notice any positive effects immediately.

How to Minimize or Reduce the Harmful Effects of Alcohol Consumption

Once in a while, you can have a glass of wine for dinner or make a toast during the holiday season.

When drinking in moderation, it is possible to consume alcohol without jeopardizing your psoriasis, but you should take some basic precautions:

  • Fluid intake, drink lots of water, and stay as hydrated as possible;
  • Hydrate your skin very well;
  • Eating before: eating well before drinking helps to reduce the absorption of alcohol by the body;
  • Avoid sugar and fatty foods: they can hinder the metabolism of toxic substances and the recovery of the organism;
  • Intercalate drinking with water; (bonus: it will also help you avoid a hangover)
  • Detox day: consuming healthy food and hydrating the day before drinking can also help reduce the impacts of alcohol;


Decreasing and moderating alcohol consumption will only bring benefits for you and your skin.

Be extra careful when taking some medications to treat psoriasis they may be ineffective when alcohol is consumed regularly.

If in doubt, consult your dermatologist.