Guess what? Experts say that beer is better for pain relief than paracetamol. According to a new study, drinking two pints of beer will relieve the pain better and faster than any painkiller.
The study has been conducted at the University of Greenwich by Dr. Trevor Thompson. It is composed of 18 studies and included around 200 participants. The study elaborates that drinking beer is better than taking a painkiller and that two pints of beer will cut the pain by quarter.
“Alcohol can be compared to opioid drugs such as codeine and the effect is more powerful than paracetamol,” Dr. Thompson says. “If we can make a drug without the harmful side-effects then we could have something that is potentially better than what is out there at the moment,” Thompson suggests.
In the study, experts explain that beer will allow your body to have “a small elevation of pain threshold” which will elevate the amount of alcohol in the blood leading to a “moderate to large reduction in pain intensity ratings”.
“Findings suggest that alcohol is an effective analgesic that delivers clinically-relevant reductions in ratings of pain intensity, which could explain alcohol misuse in those with persistent pain, despite its potential consequences for long-term health,” researchers said.
The reason behind this theory is not clear yet. Does the beer make us comfortable because it reduces the feeling of pain or is it because it affects our brain receptors? Either way, experts are stressing on the fact that this study doesn’t not mean that alcohol is good for our well-being. “Drinking too much will cause you more problems in the long run, Rosanna O’Connor, director of Alcohol and Drugs at Public Health England, says.
Whereas beer can take your pain away, one should not over-drink. The government limits the use of alcohol to six pints of beer per week to both men and woman.