“Hair of The Dog” is Real

Peer-reviewed scientific publication Journal of Pain (which sounds like an excellent album title) has reported that booze is a more effective painkiller than acetaminophen—which certainly explains why so many people use the “Hair of the Dog” excuse to get over a hangover. The study has shown that a blood alcohol content of approximately 0.08% (around three or four drinks) results in “a small elevation of pain threshold,” but of course, this can result in its misuse. The researches say, “Findings suggest that alcohol is an effective analgesic that delivers clinically-relevant reductions in ratings of pain intensity, which could explain alcohol misuse in those with persistent pain, despite its potential consequences for long-term health.” Essentially, it works, but it’s not a great idea.