A bout of gout with that, sir?”

An over-enthusiastic consumption of port, beer or spirits has long been associated with gout leaving wine drinkers smugly sipping on their chosen tipple ... but not for much longer.

Research from the US shows that wine may be just as likely as any other alcoholic drink to trigger a bout of gout.

And even moderate alcohol consumption increased the risk of recurrent gout attacks, the study of 724 gout patients showed. 

They found there was a significant dose-response relationship between the amount of alcohol consumed and the risk of recurrent gout attacks.