Gout is caused by heavy drinking

Excessive alcohol consumption is one cause of gout. Gout arises where the blood uric acid concentration ('gout factor') is elevated. This may occur:

Of all of these risk factors, the most important are obesity and alcohol excess in those who are genetically predisposed to the problem of high blond uric acid concentration.

It can be helpful for gout sufferers to drink liberal quantities of water, because this will reduce the formation of uric acid crystals in the kidney and urinary collection systems (see also the answer to: 'Eating Yeast will make you healthy').