Take a drug and get off al­co­hol

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For the addicts with crav­ing for al­co­hol a new drug may help in get­ting rid of the tip­pling habit. This drug may re­duce crav­ings for al­co­hol by tar­get­ing the brain’s im­mune sys­tem which trig­gers the need to drink in the evening. Re­searchers in Ade­laide have tried this drug Nal­trex­ane (an im­mune re­cep­tor blocker) as mice that were de­vel­oped with al­co­hol drink­ing be­hav­ior. Re­searchers found that block­ing a spe­cific part of the brain’s im­mune sys­tem did de­crease the mo­ti­va­tion for mice to drink al­co­hol. It re­mains to be seen how this drug will work with hu­man be­ings.

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