New Pill Might Help Alcoholics Curb Cravings

 A pill being tested in Europe may offer some hope to alcoholics who have shied away from seeking treatment because of the daunting task of total abstinence. 

[The drug from a Denmark-based pharma company] blocks brain signals that make activities such as sex and drinking feel good. Should trials succeed, the medicine may win clearance in Europe as early as 2012, becoming the first new alcoholism treatment approved there in more than 15 years.

The pill, whose compounds are now used to help those who have quit drinking avoid a relapse, their use as preventative measures, or to enable people to have a single drink at a sitting, have yet to be fully explored. Although trial subjects did reduce their heavy drinking considerably,  many doctors are wary that moderation is possible, even with drugs--instead advocating that drinkers quit. fully But the potential remains fascinating.

Read the full story at Bloomberg news.

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at December 23, 2010, 3:17am

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