Beer lovers will have another reason to worship the drink. A recent study by the University of Greenwich suggests that drinking alcoholic beverages is more effective for pain than taking painkillers, such as paracetamol.
Effect of alcohol on pain
Researchers analyzed 18 studies that included a total of 404 participants. In them, they found that by raising the blood alcohol level to approximately 0.08%, the body reduces the intensity of the nuisance by 25%. And to get this analgesic effect, you need to drink 1 liter of alcohol or two pints.
"We found strong evidence that alcohol can be compared to opioid drugs, which act on the nervous system to relieve pain, like codeine. Its effect is even more powerful than paracetamol," said Trevor Thompson, one of the lead authors of the study, to British tabloid The Sun.
The researchers also say that these results may show why some people with chronic pain make excessive use of alcohol despite serious health consequences over the years.
But the mechanism within the body responsible for the analgesic effect is still unclear: whether alcohol reduces feelings of pain because it actually affects the brain's receptors or simply because it decreases anxiety, which can also reduce the feeling of pain.
Long-term harmful effects of alcohol
Although the conclusion of the study appears to be favorable to alcohol consumption, researchers warn that drinking alcohol is extremely harmful to health and that the findings should not encourage an increase in intake. "The ideal thing to do would be to make a drug that doesn't have the harmful effects of alcohol," says Thompson.
If an individual is in pain, the best thing to do is to visit a trusted doctor.