Alcohol Avoidance

While alcohol is sometimes used as a self-prescribed medication to help deal with chronic pain, it probably causes far more problems than it solves and should not be used to treat low back pain. Although alcohol will act as a muscle relaxant, it does not have any actual analgesic (pain killing) effect.

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Moreover, from a pharmacology standpoint, alcohol is a major depressant and will exacerbate any preexisting depression and is also dangerously habit-forming (addictive). It is fattening and tends to impede a patient's overall rehabilitation process. On the whole, large doses of alcohol may seem to help temporarily, but will compound the many already existing problems a patient with chronic pain faces.