I am writing regarding gout which i now suffer from. Having read many accounts of coffee being a problem I have now seen a new study which states that drinking 4-6 cups a day actually may prevent gout. 40% fewer incidence of gout in heavy coffee drinkers. This was a 12 year study of 40 plus males done in British Columbia, Canada published in the Journal of Rheumatology. It seems the benefits were almost equal for decaffeinated coffee as well.