|A small exchange that your body may enjoy: Water instead of wine|
Pain makes sleep difficult, and alcohol can make sleep problems worse. It may feel like it helps you sleep, but alcohol actually reduces REM sleep so with alcohol in your system you wake up feeling less rested than before. It also interacts with common pain medication in ways that are potentially life hazardous. If you're living with chronic pain, drinking less or no alcohol can improve your quality of life.