March 5, 2019

Moderate Alcohol Intake Associated with Less Chronic Pain, Depression

People with chronic pain or fibromyalgia who engage in low-risk drinking habits report fewer symptoms and improved function than teetotalers.

"[Low-risk alcohol intake] could be a stepping stone to increased quality of life, leading to more social interactions." -Ryan Scott, MPH

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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