Tuscon News Now – Two or three beers may be a better painkiller than the stuff you get in the drugstore, a British study found.
And beer definitely goes better with pretzels than acetaminophen.
Researchers at Greenwich University in the U.K. say they discovered strong evidence that alcohol is an effective painkiller. They also concluded the more beer people drank, the less pain they felt.
“It can be compared to opioid drugs such as codeine and the effect is more powerful than paracetamol (generic Tylenol),” said Trevor Thompson an author of the study published in The Journal of Pain.
The study compared 18 different controlled experiments that involved 404 people. They found that a blood alcohol content of .08, about three or four regular drinks, can reduce pain by up to 25 percent. It also increased pain tolerance a little.
So let me get this straight. I’ve been wasting my money at the local Walgreens or CVS to get Advil or Motrin for my hangover, whne the old adage of never stop drinking is the true cure to a hangover? Those college sayings are true after all. Hide your Advil, hide your Motrin, hide your Tylenol, the beer industry is coming for you.
If I don’t see a spike in beer sales and a dip in casual ibuprofen consumption, there is something truly wrong with our great nation.
Enjoy your beers folks, and utilize them to their full extent. They are delicious and can cure headaches. Go at it!