It’s True: Alcohol Actually Makes Pain Go Away

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By Cooking Panda

That includes emotional pain, the relief of which, for many of us, is worth even more. Now, it’s just up to you to decide if it’s worth the hangover.

Munchies reports that recent research from the Journal of Pain suggests that alcohol could be as effective managing your pain as actual medication! The study compared the blood alcohol content of 18 participants as it compares to their pain levels. Those with a 0.08 BAC had a much higher pain threshold than those who had a lower BAC.

The general consensus is that 0.08 BAC is equal to about three to four drinks, which means having three to four drinks is likely to increase your pain tolerance dramatically.

These findings don’t, however, mean that we should be remedying all sorts of pain with alcohol, since the amount needed to dull the effects of pain is enough to cause harm to the rest of our bodies.

It’s OK (at least, I think it’s OK) to savor the effects from time to time. It never hurts to pay attention to what your body is telling you. Sometimes it’s telling you it wants another glass of wine. Just proceed with caution, keeping in mind that another glass might not be the best thing for the rest of your organs. You know that thing they say, enjoy responsibly.

Also, researchers say, “Strongest analgesia occurs for alcohol levels exceeding World Health Organization guidelines for low-risk drinking and suggests raising awareness of alternative, less harmful pain interventions to vulnerable patients may be beneficial.” This further explains, they concluded, why alcohol misuse is seen in higher quantities among those in “persistent pain.”

Take this knowledge and do what you will with it. Maybe it just makes you feel better to know for certain what you already knew from experience. Going through a breakup? Grab that pint of Ben & Jerry’s that you were going for anyway, and grab a bottle of wine while you’re at it. Don’t forget the chick flick, or revenge film. Whatever’s your style.

Source: Munchies / Photo Credit: Pexels/Pixabay

Tags: alcohol, alcoholic beverages, Booze, Painkillers
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Do You Feel Drunker When Your Friends Are Drunk? There’s Actually A Reason For It

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Recent studies show that how drunk you feel while out with friends is relative. Meaning, if they’re pretty drunk you’re likely to feel pretty drunk as well, even if you’ve had only two drinks and they’ve been out all night.

BioMed Central Public Health conducted a twenty-four month study and a large scale street survey and found, based on the responses of 1,862 people at bars and pubs on Friday and Saturday nights that many drinkers evaluate their degree of inebriation based on those around them.

Four questions were used in the surveys to determine this: How drunk are you right now, on a scale of 1 to 10? How extreme has your drinking been tonight? If you drank as much as you have tonight every week, how likely is it that you will damage your health in the next 15 years (yikes)? And finally, if you drank as much every week as you have tonight, how high is the risk that you’ll have cirrhosis of the liver in 15 years?

Those are some tough questions for self-reflection. But blood alcohol content was also recorded, and that’s where we find our real answers.

According to Tasting Table, the results of the study showed that many of the people surveyed based their answers off of how they were feeling among their group, and answers reflected the overall level of inebriation of the group rather than on actual blood alcohol levels.

The study also suggests that if more sober people mingled around the bar scene on weekends, that the overall level of drunkenness would cool down. Care to test that out?

While the study needs further testing to really prove the hypothesis, the findings are fairly convincing. I’m hoping to read soon that the researchers have tried dispersing a vast number of sober people among the inebriated bar-goers on Friday and Saturday nights. Mostly, I’m interested in learning whether those sober people made everyone behave a little better, or whether the drunkenness rubs off on them, bringing the opposite effect of what’s desired. Either way, it’s sure to be a fun time. 

Sources: Tasting Table, BioMed Central Public Health Study / Photo credit: Mijin Park/Instagram

Tags: alcoholic beverages, bars, drinking
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Should People Be Allowed To Drink In Hair Salons? Let’s Discuss

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By Cooking Panda

A recent bill has been proposed in Los Angeles, California, that has many of LA and Lafeyette’s citizens angrily demonstrating. The bill, AB1322, or the Drybar Bill, would allow all of California’s barbershops and hair salons to offer complimentary alcoholic beverages to patrons, without a liquor license or any training or monitoring. Many of the residents of these two cities are demonstrating and asking Governor Brown to veto the legistlation.

Two businesses are already showing support for the bill: Drybar Brentwood and 18/8 Fine Men’s Salons, according to a recent press release. It was in front of these businesses that community members of the California Alcohol Policy Alliance briefly demonstrated. The belief is that the bill encourages irresponsible handling of alcoholic beverages in facilities that are not supervised, where drinks could easily fall into the wrong hands.

However, I have to admit my favorite place to go for a pampered mani-pedi combo is a place that serves complimentary mimosas. There’s just nothing like relaxing with your feet in the spa and champagne in your hand after a hard day’s work. In fact, although most nail salons do not have liquor licenses or monitoring, many serve complimentary drinks during your visit.

According to an article in The New York Times, serving complimentary drinks has increased one nail salon’s traffic about 30-40%. The Dashing Diva of New York is known for its happy hour-type atmosphere and as a result has a loyal customer base of regulars.

This type of jump in sales pays for the free drinks plus some. Salon owners consider the offering of mimosas, cosmos and other beverages a way of making what has become a chore into more of a relaxing experience.

Some of the fancier hair salons already get away with offering a glass of champagne to patrons during a blowout, so why not allow these businesses in California to go for it? Salons should continue to serve light and fun drinks, like a glass of champagne during services, but the law should require a sensible drink maximum and maybe some monitoring and a liquor license as well.

Sources: PR Newswire, The New York Times / Photo credit: lovinourtextures.com

Tags: alcoholic beverages, hair salons, pampering
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Do Angry Drunks Have A Lower Risk Of Becoming Obese?

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According to research, angry drunks may be shielded from conditions associated with obesity.

In previous research, investigators at the University of Helsinki established that a point mutation in a serotonin 2B receptor gene may render an individual prone to reckless behavior, especially while intoxicated.

“The results also indicate that persons with this mutation are more impulsive by nature even when sober, and they are more likely to struggle with self-control or mood disorders,” explained psychiatrist and the study’s lead researcher Dr. Roope Tikkanen, as reported by a University of Helsinki press release.

However, the research team also discovered that the same gene point mutation may protect these individuals from insulin resistance and obesity, conditions associated with type 2 diabetes.

The study, which was published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, consisted of 98 Finnish men aged 25 to 50 with antisocial personality disorder diagnoses. Their BMI, insulin sensitivity, and beta cell activity were examined throughout the process.

According to the study’s results, carriers of the serotonin 2B gene point mutation had lower BMIs and higher insulin sensitivity than individuals without the point mutation. Although men with low levels of testosterone are generally more prone to metabolic disorders, this trend was reversed among men with the point mutation, as low levels of testosterone were correlated with an increased level of insulin sensitivity.

“It is fascinating to think that this receptor mutation which has been passed through the chain of evolution would impact both the brain as impulsive behavior and energy metabolism,” said Tikkanen, according to EurekAlert.

Tikkanen theorized that the effect of high levels of testosterone plus the mutation may have been essential for survival during prehistoric times.

“We could speculate that the compound effect the mutation and testosterone have on energy metabolism may have been beneficial in the cool, nutrition-poor environment after the Ice Age, particularly for men with a high physiological level of testosterone — they would have survived with a lower calorie intake,” Tikkanen theorized. “Simultaneously, the aggression associated with high levels of testosterone may have helped them compete for food.”

Although this study did not focus on women, researchers believe female carriers of the mutation would be similarly protected.

“One would assume that the effect would be particularly pronounced in women, who naturally have lower levels of testosterone than men,” Tikkanen said.

Sources: EurekAlert, University of Helsinki / Photo credit: McMenamins

Tags: alcoholic beverages, angry drunk, Finland, gene point mutation, research, serotonin 2B receptor, University of Helsinki
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