New Treatment For Alcoholism

14 April 2016 Written by 

New Drug Approved By FDA Offers New Treatment For Alcoholics

From Science Daily: Alcohol addiction causes almost 3.8 per cent of deaths worldwide but a study led by QUT researchers offers new hope in the form of a drug already approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Neuroscientist Professor Selena Bartlett from QUT's Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation said the drug, pindolol, is an inexpensive approach for treating alcohol dependence once the human clinical trials are conducted.

"Drugs currently used for AUDs (alcohol use disorders) -- acamprosate, naltrexone and disulfiram -- have limited success -- so this is a ground-breaking development with enormous potential," said Professor Bartlett who is based at the Translational Research Institute.

"In an internationally-significant breakthrough, our study showed pindolol was able to reduce ethanol/alcohol consumption, particularly in relation to binge drinking, a key behaviour observed in human alcohol dependence."

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