Beer drinkers rejoice. A new study published in The Journal of Pain has concluded that drinking two pints of beer can exponentially reduction pain, minor discomforts, and lead to better health long term. The study also seems to reduce the effects felt by those who experience a high level of anxiety in their day to day lives.
“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,” the research claims.
The study suggests that bringing your blood alcohol level to a .08 can increase your pain tolerance. Pain ratings from the study show a “moderate to large reduction in pain intensity ratings.”
Dr. Trevor Thompson, who headed the study at London’s Greenwich University, spoke to The Sun telling them, “We have found strong evidence that alcohol is an effective painkiller,” He said. “It can be compared to opioid drugs such as codeine and the effect is more powerful than paracetamol.”
404 participants suffering from chronic pain were involved in 18 different studies, all of which had varying results. “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,” Thompson explained.
Previous studies conducted earlier this year showed that a pint of beer consumed daily cuts the chance of a heart attack by a third. Further studies are planned in the near future for those who suffer from different types of anxiety.
There is a “perfect threshold” of two pints that once exceeded can actually result in harming your body, according to Rosanna O’Connor, director of Alcohol and Drugs at Public Health England.
“Drinking too much will cause you more problems in the long run. It’s better to see your GP” she stated. If this study is widely recognized, it would create a “healthier” alternative to pharmaceuticals, many of which have dangerous side effects.