Beware of green beer, it can cause pain in your big toe! St. Patrick's Day will be celebrated on March 17th and the typical American celebration will include green beer. Certain foods and beverages raise the level of uric acid in the body which can lead to a gout attack and green beer is one of them. Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid which is a natural waste product made by the body. The uric acid forms crystals that collect in the joints causing reddness, swelling and pain! Foods to limit or avoid are alcohol (Green Beer), organ meats, food and beverages sweetned with high fructose corn syrup and seafood with high purine content (shellfish). Also drinking plenty of water will flush uric acid out of your system. If you have a painful gout attack after your celebration, Dr. Kalish and staff can help.