Hospital admissions have gone up twice in the last ten years due to gout, which is triggered by drinking and obesity.
Experts blame eating and drinking in excess for the illness. Gout is caused by accumulation of uric acid in the blood.
Uric acid is formed in the body due to the breakdown of food, beer and wine and is a waste product.
If the body produces uric acid in excess, tiny crystals will be formed in the joints. This becomes very painful and causes inflammation of the joints.
'People have just about got the message that obesity may lead to Type 2 Diabetes and hypertension but they appear to be oblivious to the plethora of other conditions triggered by being unhealthily fat. Because of the age range, health professionals should take every opportunity warn their patients just how painful it is.