Two pints of beer better for pain relief than paracetamol – Research

Two pints of beer better for pain relief than paracetamol – Research



Beer lovers rejoice!


Here’s a piece of good news for all those people who love alcohol. The next time you have a severe headache, gulp down 2 pints of beer instead of taking over-the-counter medicines.

According to a new study, drinking two pints of beer provides better relief than consuming paracetamol by 25%. Yes, you read that right.


Researchers from the University of Greenwich conducted a total of 18 studies on more than 400 people and found that consuming two pints could decrease pain by up to 25%



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How the pain is reduced


The researchers said, “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.”


Benefits of drinking beer

Drinking in moderate quantity serves two purposes, firstly it elevates the blood alcohol level by 0.08 percent and secondly, it gives your body the threshold to bear the pain by lowering the intensity of pain.




Two pints of beer better for pain relief than paracetamol - Research


Beer is more powerful than paracetamol

Dr. Trevor Thompson, who led the study at London’s Greenwich University, added “We have found strong evidence that alcohol is an effective painkiller. It can be compared to opioid drugs such as codeine and the effect is more powerful than paracetamol.”



The conclusion stands true that it is more effective than taking over-the-counter painkillers but beer has several other side effects and hence you should always follow doctor’s advice.

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Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. [email protected]

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