A medical study has found that drinking a couple of beers relieves pain better than paracetamol.
Researcher Dr Trevor Thompson told The Sun that alcohol could even be “compared to opioid drugs such as codeine,” and that “the effect is more powerful than paracetamol” (comparable to Tylenol).
According to the research from London’s Greenwich University, drinking two alcoholic drinks cuts pain by a quarter.
Readers Digest reports that “the research team couldn’t determine whether the pain relief came from an effect on pain receptors or just maybe a lowering of anxiety, which could lower perception of pain.”
The study found that regardless of exactly how alcohol works to relieve pain, people suffering from persistant pain, such as arthritis, are more likely to drink.
However, the study cautions that there are numerous effects from alcohol that are not beneficial for your health.
New government guidelines developed by the National Health and Medical Research Council recommends drinking no more than two standard drinks on any day for healthy men and women.