New Pill Could Reduce Drinking Without Making You Sick

December 23, 2010

(ChattahBox Science News) – Giving hope to those that just can’t stop after one drink comes a new pill that may provide a new approach to fighting alcoholism. The pill from the Danish company Lundbeck could be available in Europe by 2012 if trials prove successful, becoming the first new alcoholism treatment approved there in more than 15 years. Most treatments in existence today are intended to help alcoholics abstain from drinking entirely.But Bloomberg reports the experimental drug nalmefene, aims to reduce consumption of alcohol rather than stop it outright, by blocking the signals in the brain that make drinking feel good. This deter but don’t stop you approach could appeal to alcohol abusers who aren’t interested in complete abstinence.


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One Response to “New Pill Could Reduce Drinking Without Making You Sick”

  1. Jenny Gage on January 5th, 2011 7:35 pm

    I am grateful to hear of the new study. I know of several people who have been killed due to alcoholism. I also come from a family with several cases of alcoholism. The lives of those who consume large amounts of alcohol daily are severely impaired. Their families are damaged beyond the point of repair and all of them have lost any hope of ever beating their disease. We want happy and successful children to be brought up in this world, then we have to tackle problems like these at the core. Many parents who are alcoholics end up raising children who become alcoholics themselves….keep up the fight/one day it could be someone you love affected by this terrible disease

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