Kerala revokes alcohol ban following a psoriasis study


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wines and psoriasis

wines & psoriasis (Image credit Bell Eapen)

A study conducted in Thrissur showed that while smoking is associated with increased severity of psoriasis, alcohol has the opposite effect! Once this study appeared in IJD, the Kerala government immediately revoked the ban on alcoholic products in the state. In the short to medium term, psoriasis patients will be issued special licenses that will make them eligible to purchase alcohol at subsidy rates from the beverage shops in Chalakudy. For the new readers, Chalakudy is the author’s hometown and we are proud to hold the world record for the highest per capita consumption of alcoholic beverages.

Jokes apart, the study with all the limitations of conducting such studies in our busy tertiary care departments, is simple, and methodologically solid. (Links to the full paper below) A typical PG thesis study that could go into our PG thesis database. However the comments from Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh is pertinent and insightful. A test for normality (Kolmogorov–Smirnov test / Shapiro–Wilk test) should take care of the first factor. The second and third are good points if somebody wants to repeat this for their thesis.

Don’t you think the names of the tests for ‘normality’ are apt for the topic. The pun was not intended though! 🙂

Study:Asokan N, Prathap P, Rejani P P. Severity of psoriasis among adult males is associated with smoking, not with alcohol use. Indian J Dermatol [serial online] 2014 [cited 2014 Oct 2];59:237-40. Available from: http://www.e-ijd.org/text.asp?2014/59/3/237/131382

Comment:
Ho JK, Antrum JH. Severity of psoriasis among adult males is associated with smoking, not with alcohol use. Indian J Dermatol [serial online] 2014 [cited 2014 Oct 2];59:516. Available from: http://www.e-ijd.org/text.asp?2014/59/5/516/139912

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