If you’ve ever endured a really bad headache, you’d know there is nothing worse than waiting until the medicine you’ve thrown back kicks in. It’s like someone is telling knock-knock jokes, but using your head as the door. It’s like the bass from a bad DJ set, but the club is inside your skull.
Basically – headaches f*cking suck. And, while we take way more painkillers (Advil, Tylenol) than we should – there’s now a better way to cure that pain and have some fun while you do it.
What’s this magical substitute to all the pills? One word – beer.
According to a new study that was published in The Journal of Pain, two pints of beer can apparently cure the symptoms of a headache faster and longer than that of painkillers. Researchers conducted 18 different studies using 404 control group individuals – some used alcohol for their pain while others didn’t.
The results showed that drinking the two pints of beer could cut the pain of a headache by a quarter more than painkillers. Basically, the alcohol consumption gives your body a higher tolerance for pain, making your headache seem pretty basic.
While that sounds glorious and magical – and a perfect excuse to get drunk more often than you should – the study’s founders admit that it’s dangerous to consume more than six pints of beer per week, equal to 14 units of alcohol per week.
Researchers claim the study was conducted to push the drug industry to create a painkiller that works as well as beer, and even painkillers, yet without the harmful side effects.
So, if you get headaches often, don’t rely on beer to cure them all – it can lead to dangerous habits like alcoholism or liver damage.