Beer lovers can rejoice! According to research, two pints of beer is better for pain relief than paracetamol.
A 2017 study conducted by the University of Greenwich found that drinking two pints is 24 percent more effective at providing pain relief than the popular painkiller.
Researchers from the London university compared 18 controlled experiments involving more than 400 people, all exposed to various forms of induced pain such as cold, heat and pressure.
The study, published in the Journal of Pain, discovered that despite all its bad press, alcohol is actually “an effective analgesic” that delivers a “clinically-relevant” reduction in pain intensity.
The leader of the research, senior psychology lecturer Dr Trevor Thompson, said the study found “robust” evidence to suggest that alcohol’s impact on pain is comparable to opioid drugs such as codeine.
“The effect is more powerful than paracetamol,” he said. “Consuming around four units of alcohol – about two pints of beer or medium glasses of wine – resulted in a drop of 24 percent in people’s pain ratings.”
Researchers have theorised that alcohol may act on the same nerve receptors as drugs such as ketamine, dulling the feeling of pain. They have also speculated that alcohol may reduce pain indirectly by decreasing anxiety.
The study claimed the link between alcohol and pain relief “could explain alcohol misuse in those with persistent pain, despite its potential consequences for long-term health”.