Myth busted: The real reason patients develop gout

Consuming alcohol was responsible for a less than 1% variation in uric acid levels

The belief that alcohol and poor diet is the primary cause of gout is untrue, research suggests.

According to a study published in the BMJ, the disease is much more likely to be brought on by genetics.

The research, carried out by a team in New Zealand, counters "these harmful but well-established views and practices".