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[newstalk.ie] , Coffey, Joe Could a new drug reduce alcohol consumption in Ireland? (06 May 2013)

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A new drug has been launched in the UK which when taken in tandem with counselling sessions could reduce an alcoholic's daily alcohol consumption by as much as 61 % according to its manufacturers.

The drug nalmefene is available in a pill format and doctors will be able to prescribe it to patients from today.

It will help those dependant on alcohol to reduce the amount they consume. During Monday’s Bank Holiday Right Hook, Dr. Garret McGovern an Addiction Specialist at the Priority Medical Clinic in Dundrum told presenter Barry Kenny that no one is quite sure yet how the drug works but it was used in the past for heroin treatment and it essentially makes drinking less enjoyable for those using nalmefene.


Item Type:News
Date:6 May 2013
Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Problem substance use
HJ Treatment method > Substance disorder treatment method
B Substances > Alcohol
VA Geographic area > International aspects
G Health and disease > Substance use disorder > Alcohol use

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