This isn’t necessarily one of those “new” pieces of information, it’s just that some lovely science boffins have finally gotten around to finding reason behind something we’ve known for a long, long time:
Sucking the dick off an ice cold froth is pretty good for numbing pain.
A study conducted at the University of Greenwich in the UK found that drinking two beers has a better and more powerful pain-killing effect than popping two common paracetamol tablets, and its analgesic properties are comparable to mild opioids.
Over the course of 18 studies, researches found that knocking back two Froth Whitlams can actually cut pain discomfort by up to a quarter. This level is achieved by raising your blood alcohol content to a level of around 0.08%.
The real noodle scratcher to come out of the study, however, is whether or not the booze actually reduces pain by affecting brain receptors, or whether its already-proven anxiety-reducing properties causes us to not rate or feel the pain as highly.
The study, of course, was quick to point out that long-term alcohol misuse has negative health consequences and that alcohol in its current consumer form is absolutely not a medicine. But still, if this research leads to the development of an alcohol-based pain treatment that carries no side effects, we could really be onto something.
“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.”
“[Alcohol] 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.”
Either way, it’s certainly nice to get confirmation to what we’ve all known for yonks.
Here’s to feeling good all the time, folks.
Source: The Independent.