At last some news we wanted to hear, as reported in The Daily Telegraph.
Dr James Maxwell, a consultant rheumatologist at the Rotherham Foundation NHS Trust and Sheffield University, has discovered that alcohol reduces the severity of rheumatoid arthritis. Moreover, people who drink alcohol on more than ten days a month are four times less likely to have rheumatoid arthritis than those who never drank. It seems that booze suppresses the auto-immune system preventing the body from attacking itself - the cause of arthritis. Or it could be that you just get so pissed you don't feel the pain any more.
Shown on the left are members of BOP (Booze On Prescription) campaigning outside the Department Of Health HQ.