Raise your beer glass to this study

Cheers, says the University of Greenwich. Photo: iStock

Cheers, says the University of Greenwich. Photo: iStock

DRINKING two pots of beer may ease your headache more effectively than two paracetamol tablets, a study has revealed.

A total of 18 controlled experiments conducted by the University of Greenwich tested the analgesic effects of alcohol and found a small increase in pain threshold.

A moderate to large decrease in pain ratings was also observed.

So, can two pots of beer a day keep the doctor away?

It appears the short answer is no, but they may give you some short-term pain relief.

Cheers: Rafferty's Tavern staff member Nathan Danskin with two pots of beer, which have been shown to be more effective than two paracetamol tablets at relieving pain. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Cheers: Rafferty's Tavern staff member Nathan Danskin with two pots of beer, which have been shown to be more effective than two paracetamol tablets at relieving pain. Picture: Rob Gunstone

The study found consuming two pots of beer could cut discomfort by up to a quarter.

However, the study authors were quick to point out that over-indulging in the beverage could negatively affect long-term health.

Rafferty’s Tavern assistant manager Chrissy van de Camp said she was surprised by the findings of the study.

“I thought it was more of a relaxant than a pain reliever,” she said.

She said the hotel had a number of regular patrons who enjoyed a pot of beer or two to unwind after a stressful day.

The Standard, Warrnambool

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