The Most Common Pain Relief Drug in The World Has Been Linked to Risk-Taking Behaviour

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Taking paracetamol for COVID-19 symptoms could make you more likely to spread the virus. In a series of experiments, researchers have found that paracetamol reduces perceived risk and leads to more risk-taking behavior. The experiment had participants inflate digital balloons for imaginary money — each pump gave money, but a popped balloon meant they forfeit their winnings. Participants who were given paracetamol consistently inflated (and popped) their balloons more than the control group. Read full article here

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