Contrary to popular thinking, drinking more coffee appears to lower the risk.

Over 12 years, researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston followed 45,869 men who had no history of gout.

And, the results.

  • Drinking more coffee during the day (0, vs less than 1, 1-3, 4-5, and 6 cups) was associated with significantly lower risk of gout.
  • The same was true for decaffeinated coffee (0, vs less than 1, 1-3, and 4 cups per day).
  • Total caffeine from all sources and tea intake were not associated with the risk of gout.

The bottom line?
It has been standard to caution patients that coffee and tea may contribute to the incidence of gout, as stated here and here.

The results of this study dictate a re-evaluation of that recommendation.

8/28/07 22:57 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.