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Moderate Alcohol Intake Associated With Less Chronic Pain, Depression

Sunday 10 March 2019


From the University of Michigan's Michigan Medicine:


Michigan Medicine

Moderate alcohol intake associated with less chronic pain, depression

Study hints at pain-relieving effects of moderate alcohol consumption

Source Newsroom: Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan
Released: 7-Mar-2019 7:00 AM EST
Article ID: 709224
©2019 Newswise, Inc.

Newswise — Many people jokingly refer to their occasional glass of wine after work as medicine. A new study hints at there being some truth to the perceived pain-relieving effects of moderate alcohol consumption.

U-M pain researchers investigated this connection in people seeking treatment for chronic pain or fibromyalgia, a condition that causes widespread pain throughout the body, and can affect mood, cognition and sleep.

For the study, published in the journal Pain Medicine, lead author Ryan Scott, MPH, of the Michigan Medicine Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center and his team surveyed 2,583 people with chronic pain and fibromyalgia about their drinking habits, pain severity and physical function. The researchers also examined psychological measures, such as anxiety and depression.


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