Doctor Claims Medication Cures Alcoholism

December 9, 2008

(ChattahBox) — Dr. Olivier Ameisen, 55, says he has found a cure for alcoholism. The French cardiologist who practiced for a time at New York’s Weill-Cornell, ended his own decades-long addiction to alcohol by dosing himself with a drug usually used for treating muscle spasms. Despite a lucrative cardiology practice he began in 1994, Amesein writes that he felt like “an impostor waiting to be unmasked.” The doctor writes that he drank large quantities whiskey and gin, though he hated the taste of alcohol.

Dr. Ameisen, claims in his new book “Le Derner Verre” (“The Last Glass”) that since he started taking the drug baclofen, he has lost his desire to consume alcohol. The book, a best-seller in France slated for release in the United States next year (Amazon.com ) under the title “The End of My Addiction,” has caused a stir on both sides of the Atlantic, with some doctors cautiously optimistic about the drug’s results in lab tests and others warning that no single drug can cure alcoholism’s many root causes.


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