You may have heard of how drunk driving is one of the most deadly causes of death in the US. But have you ever heard any of its physical benefits? Well, for one, both scientific and anecdotal evidences actually showed that it can alleviate pain. Recently, research from the Journal of Pain
(Weird, right? Sounds like a metal album to me.) found that alcohol could even be as effective in relieving pain as the actual medication!
Since measuring pain is quite difficult due to its subjectivity, the authors of the study had to synthesize 18 reliable studies about pain and alcohol to test it. With these, they found that increasing blood alcohol content (BAC) to 0.08 percent or roughly "3-4 standard drinks," increases your pain threshold and creates a "large reduction" in pain intensity ratings. That is, it offers significant relief to people perceiving pain! 0.08 BAC, though, is the legal threshold for drunk driving in most states.
"Taken together, 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 authors wrote.
But before you go to your doctors and prescribe yourself with some Gin and Juice (okay Snoop), note that alcohol has this painkilling effects only when consumed at dangerous levels that are way unhealthy for your body. That's why some drunk people can't feel pain, especially when they're in a bar fight.
So, better take good care of your liver, guys. Take a holistic view on this phenomenon rather than go butt-chug your way to being painless. Or if you want to be an interdimensional mad scientist who constantly puts your family to harm, why not? (I'm kidding, okay?)