Editors picks: Is alcohol effective as a painkiller?

Over this holiday season we are publishing our Editor’s picks of 2017 for you to read and enjoy again. The first one by Trevor Thompson is particularly seasonal! -- How many people have sustained an injury (accidental or other) after a few too many drinks, to find that the pain only really kicks in after they have sobered up? Pain experienced … [Read more...]

Is alcohol effective as a painkiller?

How many people have sustained an injury (accidental or other) after a few too many drinks, to find that the pain only really kicks in after they have sobered up? Pain experienced the morning after our drunken exploits may lend weight to the established belief that alcohol provides an effective form of pain relief. Historically, alcohol was a … [Read more...]

Alcohol and pain in the population

There is a problem in observational epidemiology. If a disease has an association with a behaviour within the population, we cannot tell which of these is true: the behaviour causes the disease; the disease causes the behaviour; or a third factor causes both. The first instinct for the reader of an epidemiological study is often to infer that … [Read more...]