Ridiculous Study of the Week: Beer Better for Pain than Tylenol

I had to read this again because the stupidity is so outrageous that I thought it was a parody news site:

Researchers at Greenwich University in the U.K. say they discovered strong evidence that alcohol is an effective painkiller. They also concluded the more beer people drank, the less pain they felt.

Nope.  It’s real.  It is from the Journal of Pain and the study is titled “Analgesic Effects of Alcohol: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Controlled Experimental Studies in Healthy Participants” and Trevor Thompson et. al. conclude that “this meta-analysis provides robust evidence for the analgesic properties of alcohol, which could potentially contribute to alcohol misuse in pain patients.”

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Yes, the study was ridiculous.  Of course patients misuse it.  Why are we researching this? I now need to drink to relieve my pain from writing about this. 

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  5 comments for “Ridiculous Study of the Week: Beer Better for Pain than Tylenol

  1. Ann
    May 3, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    ridiculous, yes, but just think of the fun those ‘normal subjects’ had in developing the data!!

  2. Carol
    May 3, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Pot is EVEN BETTER and lasts a lot longer.

    • Pat
      May 3, 2017 at 1:51 pm

      I would much prefer that over narcs. Safer, less side effects apart from risking Cheetos toxicity.

  3. stevem64
    May 3, 2017 at 9:22 am

    Ridiculous?
    Yes.
    But… somehow, it made me feel good inside to see them do this study.
    More comparisons are needed.
    Beer versus…
    ….Ibuprofen, Hydrocodone, Oxycodone.
    Dang! I could make a whole JOURNAL OF BEER series!

  4. Steve O'
    May 3, 2017 at 7:54 am

    That’s from the old Paul Simon song, “Fifty Ways to Love Your Liver.”

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