Got one of those terrible headaches that simply won’t go away? It might sound like a daft suggestion but a quick trip to the off-licence may be in order.
Because according to a new study, the best remedy to your average everyday headache isn’t to pop a couple of paracetamol but rather two cans of continental lager.
Researchers from the University of Greenwich found that a couple of beers – two pints, precisely – can prove more effective than the average painkiller when it comes to tackling headaches.
Based on a close examination of 18 separate studies the researchers found that, by elevating blood alcohol around 0.08% on average, the body benefitted from a “small elevation in pain threshold”.
“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 study read.
So while a couple of cold ones could offer the ideal solution to that pesky head pain, it’s probably worth remembering that these things only really work when dolled out in moderation.
Put simply: going out on the piss isn’t going to help you get rid of a headache – it’s going to give you another one altogether.