Sep 13th 2010 By Jeremy Taylor
Our happy hour fact to amaze your drinking buddies with.
Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, seems to help soothe emotional pain, as well the physical variety.
University of Kentucky researchers conducted a study in which adults took regular doses of Tylenol for three weeks
. In one experiment, participants were asked to list each time they suffered social rejection over that time period; in another, they had their brain scanned during activities that simulated social rejection.
In both cases, those who were taking Tylenol were significantly less likely to suffer hurt feelings than those who had been given a placebo. Scientists suspect there is an overlap in the part of the brain that processes physical pain and social rejection, which is why acetaminophen
can effectively cure some types of emotional pain.
While this all sounds interesting, if we wanted to take something that makes us believe everyone likes us while damaging our liver, we're still sticking with alcohol.