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Cracking A Cold One Open With The Boys A Better Pain Relief Than Painkillers, Study Shows

Josh Teal

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Cracking A Cold One Open With The Boys A Better Pain Relief Than Painkillers, Study Shows

Put away the painkillers lads and get yourself on down to the pub 'cause apparently two pints of beer is a more effective pain relief than paracetamol.

While this may come as a 'no shit' to some, or, appear to be the findings of a plucky sesh-head to others, the announcement is the result of research undertaken at the University of Greenwich.

The team found that although punters may be tempted to knock back one or two paracetamol while suffering from the headaches and the like, we'd all better off cracking a cold one open with the boys.

Following analysis of 18 studies, the researches found that your body will be treated to a 'small elevation of pain threshold' by upping your blood alcohol content to around 0.08 per cent.


"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," explained the report.

They went on to say that booze is on-par with codeine in terms of painkillers.

Leader of the study, Dr Trevor Thompson, told The Sun: "It can be compared to opioid drugs such as codeine and the effect is more powerful than 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."

At the same time, not to be a buzzkill, experts have gone on to wean thirsty drinkers away from sinking a few jars whenever they feel a slight numbing in their heads.

Director of Alcohol and Drugs at Public Health England, Rosanna O'Connor, said: "Drinking too much will cause you more problems in the long run. It's better to see your GP."

At the end of the day, though, why not reintroduce the 'Guinness is good for you' slogan?

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Topics: Beer

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