In summer and for a few weeks in winter, I drink good ale (teetotaler the rest of the year). During the Christmas season (at least as of last 2009), I eat panettone. In my perception, the ale causes no issues whatsoever: in fact, I notice less inflammation in my legs...weird. The panettone may be another issue. I don't remember feeling bad, but am not sure whether I'll succumb this Christmas season.
Started PB late 2008, lost 50 lbs by late 2009. Have been plateaued, but that thing may just be biting the dust: more on that later.