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.