But your doctor isn’t about to start prescribing Budweiser.
(Which can be just as troubling in terms of addiction. Find out how easy it is to get hooked to painkillers.) According to researchers at Greenwich University in England, two or three beers may be more effective at killing pain than acetaminophen.
The study, which was published in the Journal of Pain, analyzed the results of 18 previous studies involving 400 people. After crunching the numbers, the researchers concluded that a BAC of .08, which is about three or four drinks for most people, can reduce pain by up to 25 percent, as well as increasing pain tolerance slightly.
“It can be compared to opioid drugs such as codeine, and the effect is more powerful than paracetamol (generic Tylenol),” said Trevor Thompson, the author of the study, according to Tucson News Now.
But before you get too excited, dousing your physical pain in beer can still be harmful in the long term. Thompson stressed that using alcohol as an analgesic is more harmful than anything. The greatest pain relief from alcohol comes at a level of drinking considered risky by the World Health Organization.
So what use is this study then? It could be used to explain those who abuse alcohol for persistent pain, despite the consequences. It should not be used, however, to justify drinking.
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