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3 Things Research Learned About A New Alcohol Treatment Drug That Counters Brain

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A new drug has been developed to treat alcoholism that counters brain deficits that are caused by alcohol. This research from the University of Queensland could revolutionize the treatment of alcohol addiction.


Scientists from the University of Queensland have conducted a study that shows the use of an antidepressant can reduce a person's dependence on alcohol.

Studying people’s dependency on alcohol, in search of a cure, Australian scientists have discovered an interesting property called Tandospirone. It turns out, this drug can reduce one’s craving for alcohol, and it can help an alcoholic fight addiction more effectively as they quit drinking.

When an alcoholic quits drinking cold turkey, levels of anxiety often increase that can make them, once again, reach for the glass. But Tandospirone is an antidepressant that effectively suppresses growing anxiety. This is why experts believe that with its help, alcoholics can successfully and permanently break the cycle of addiction and refuse alcohol.

3 Things To Know About Alcohol Treating Tandospirone

1. This is the first time that Tandospirone has be shown to reverse deficit in brain neurogenesis induced by heavy alcohol consumption.

2. Tandospirone acts selectively on the serotonin receptor, 5-HT1A.

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3. Researchers used mice to show that the drug was effective in stopping anxiety-like behaviors associated with alcohol withdrawal, and this was accompanied by a significant decrease in binge-drinking

In their laboratory, University of Queensland scientists conducted experiments with mice using Tandospirone. As a result, the researchers found that this drug relieves anxiety. Additionally, after several weeks of taking the drug, signs of neurogenesis were suppressed, which arose as a result of the alcohol being injected into the mice for three and a half months.

"This is a novel discovery that Tandospirone can reverse the deficit in neurogenesis caused by alcohol," said lead neuroscientist Professor Selena Bartlett from QUT's Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation.

The severity of alcoholism has pushed scientists from all over the world to work on means of treating it successfully. Science journals annually publish materials on new achievements in the sphere of curing alcoholism.

Although some researchers have chosen to approach the issue from another angle. They are trying to create an alcohol that will not affect the human body as much. For example, in the United States, researchers have already developed a substance that, when added to alcoholic beverages, relieves a person from experiencing hangovers.

Reference: Arnauld Belmer et al. 5-HT1A receptor-dependent modulation of emotional and neurogenic deficits elicited by prolonged consumption of alcohol, Scientific Reports (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-20504-z

By the way, some people say that since going vegan they have lost their interest in alcohol. Have you recently conquered your alcohol addiction? If so, share your experience in the comments below. Your tips may help others who are trying to quit drinking.