No, I'm not wasted off my ass, I'm quoting Buffy.

Anyway, I decided to do some research of my own, because contrary to some things I've said recently I honestly don't want to, you know, die, I'd just like to not be in extreme pain all the time. Though I admit that I considered the bad bad evil option more then I'd have liked to earlier in the week when the pain was more bad then I can give words for.

Anyway, I looked at some of the so-called best pain killers, and realized that beer may honestly be the safer option. I mean, so far it's the only thing that's offered me any real relief even for a short time, and it doesn't load me with hefty side effects or potential side effects. But I must admit I was a bit surprised by how bad some pain killers can actually be. Not to mention that beer might be a teensy bit more healthy then it gets credit for. Of course, I am skeptical about some of the beer claims quoted below, but some of the good are things that I have heard before (though I think some of those benefits was credited to wine and not beer), so who knows it might all be true.


Best Pain Killers:

The biggest thing that stood out to me was the following: "Tylenol is the No. 1 cause of acute liver failure in the U.S." Read that again - Number one cause of acute liver failure in the U.S. Not alcohol, which everyone knows (or should) is rather hard on a liver, but no apparently alcohol is not the number one cause of liver failure that "honor" goes to Tylenol. WOW!

Now granted I haven't took Tylenol in years, because I found Advil to be a better headache/pain reliever, but I had no idea that acetaminophen was so deadly.

What's weird is that some of the "best" pain killers on that list are loaded with acetaminophen, which is apparently the killer ingredient in Tylenol. And some of those stronger ones (which are the ones I'd no doubt need for even a small measure of relief) are really addictive. From the sound of it some of them are even more addictive then alcohol.
(And to be honest, back years ago I did not actually find it that hard to stop drinking, I just basically woke up one day and decided I didn't want to drink anymore. Though in fairness while I drank a lot, I probably wasn't actually addicted. And granted just because I stopped once doesn't necessarily mean I could again, but somehow I'm starting to think dealing with getting off the juice will be easier then getting off the pill, at least for me. Obviously, this would probably be different for others.)

4 Health Benefits of Drinking Beer:

1. It slashes heart disease risk

2. Beer offers unique benefits compared to wine and spirits

3. It may help reduce kidney stones and boost bone density

4. Beer contains vitamins, minerals and surprise: fiber!

Click on the link above for more information!

Granted there's a lot of links out there touting the benefits of beer, and some of the so-called benefits seem more probable then others.

ETA: I changed the second link to an article that seems a bit more honest/realistic/whatever you want to call it.

Health Benefits of Beer

1. In November of 1999, The New England Journal of Medicine stated that light to moderate beer drinkers would decrease their chances of suffering a stroke by 20%.

2. Moderate amounts of beer would lower one's chances of coronary heart disease.

3. Alcohol has also been attributed to increasing the amount of good cholesterol (HDL) in the bloodstream, as well as helping to decrease blood clots.

4. Beer contains vitamin B6, which prevents the build-up of the amino acid homocysteine.

7. Beer is both fat-free and cholesterol-free.

8. Beer has a relaxing effect on the body

9. Beer helps promote blood vessel dilation, sleep and urination.


Granted that pain killer list above is by no means complete, because two of the three pain killers I've been on aren't even listed, and I'm sure that beer/alcohol is not honestly some cure-all.
Note: I have no idea how new/old some of these articles are, because if they are dated I couldn't find a date. So, there may be some out-of-date/debunked information contained in them.