Two beers are just as effective as paracetamol, says study

science 20/04/2018

Typically, beers are more associated with causing head pains rather than pain relief.

But research from the University of Greenwich has found a couple of pints of beer can be as effective as taking pain relief medication.

Researchers conducted 18 studies and found that drinking two pints of beer can cut discomfort by a quarter.

Due to elevating the blood alcohol content by a small percentage, it can give the body "a small elevation of pain threshold” and thus 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," said researchers.

It isn't clear if alcohol reduces pain because of the way it affects brain receptors, or effects anxiety levels - but Dr Trevor Thompson, who led the study, said the effects of alcohol can be more powerful that paracetamol.

“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." he told The Sun.

But don't pour yourself too many drinks, as of course everything is in moderation and drinking too much causes problems long term.