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Hormone aid could help in booze battle


A HORMONE could help people battle booze addiction, scientists found.

Monkeys that had developed a taste for alcohol in labs were given fibroblast growth factor 21 and subsequent­ly reduced their drink intake by 50%.

Experts at the University of Iowa, in the US, found that the hormone targeted a region of the animal’s brain that plays a role in reward and addiction.

Study author Dr Matthew Potthoff said: “Our results provide a mechanism for a liver-to-brain feedback loop that presumably functions to protect the liver from damage.

“The data indicates that [compounds similar to FGF21] may provide a treatment option against alcohol-use disorder.”

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