Medical solution in the Telegraph

Here is a  link to a piece in the Telegraph today, which talks about new ways to beat alcoholism including the use of Nalmefene. I am glad to see that the mainstream press are starting to publish more pieces that reflect the more modern approaches to beating alcoholism.


Here is a section from the piece.

“What is particularly exciting is that these findings suggest that restoring NPY may not only be useful for treating alcohol use disorders, but may also protect some individuals from becoming alcohol dependent.”

The study was published online by the journal Nature Neuroscience. 

Previous research has demonstrated the role that NPY can have in influencing the desire to drink. A study of mice who lacked NPY receptors found they were less likely to consume alcohol than others who had the receptors.

Other studies have identified other proteins in the brain which appear to influenec the desire to consume alcohol.

A protein called RGS6 (regulator of G protein signalling 6) was found to control alcohol cravings and the likeliood of suffering damage to the heart, liver, and other organs.

Last year the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence said people drinking half a bottle of wine could be advised to start taking the first ever drug to help reduce alcohol consumption.

Men drinking three pints of beer and women drinking two large glasses of wine per night and who do not cut down within two weeks should be prescribed a new drug, Nice said.

The drug nalmefene, which costs £3 per tablet, is taken when people feel the urge to have a drink and stops them from wanting more than one. It works by blocking opiate receptors, stopping the endorphins otherwise be produced by alcohol, giving a feeling of reward and pleasure.


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  1. steve fraser October 9, 2015 at 2:27 am · · Reply

    This is extraordinary good news, as AA will not let their members know about this approach. It’s also important to approach the body that accredits inpatient rehab facilities to insist that to gain accreditation medical interventions for alcoholism and drug addiction be available. Actually, all inpatient rehab facilities should be expected for accredition to have a full-time psychiatrist with a fellowship in addiction medicine on the the staff FULL-TIME.

    • I really hope that getting this solutions talked about in the press will eventually get people to discuss them in groups such as AA. The whole rehab industry does need a good shake up and I hope insurance companies will look at newer methods and insist they are used. If they are not used the rehabs will be at risk of a class action.

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