Alcohol eases chronic pain?
People suffering chronic pain from fibromyalgia display less disability and experience less pain if they are moderate drinkers rather than teetotalers, according to a recent study out of Aberdeen (cite). American physician Lynn Webster, who wasn’t involved with the study, says of drinking: “It’s an odd way to suggest that chronic pain be treated. I can’t imagine that any physician will suggest alcohol as a therapy.” A limited imagination. Now me? All the usual qualifications of observational studies apply. And I’m a bit suspicious of any study involving alcohol and British subjects, done by Scottish epidemiologists.