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Is it better to drink than to task\e prescription pain killers for chronic pains

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Dr. Karl Haake
Anesthesiology 23 years experience
No: Drinking alcohol is not a treatment for chronic pain. There are risks to taking prescription pain medications as well. If you are thinking of drinking to cope with your pain, it is important that you be evaluated by a pain psychologist who can better help you to cope with your pain. Then, treatment by a pain specialist would be likely be more effective.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
No: Alcohol does nothing to correct the causes of your pain. While getting drunk may help you forget your pain it is not a treatment. In addition the effects of chronic alcohol abuse can be life threatening in and of themselves.

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