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Could ‘virtual reality’ treat alcoholism?

A form of ‘virtual-reality’ therapy may help people with alcohol dependence reduce their craving for alcohol, a new study suggests. The findings, published in the July issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, come from a small study of just 10 patients. But researchers said they are optimistic about the potential for [...]

Alcohol study yields surprising results

University of Bonn Hospital: Alcohol-dependent hospital patients die from multiple morbidities 7.6 years earlier The mortality of alcohol dependent patients in general hospitals is many times higher than that of patients without alcohol dependency. In addition, they die about 7.6 years earlier on average than hospital patients without a history of alcohol addiction. This is [...]

Added benefit not proven for nalmefene to treat alcohol dependence

Indirect comparison is difficult to interpret because of differences in patients and treatment goals Nalmefene (trade name Selincro) has been approved since February 2013 for people with alcohol dependence who currently drink a lot of alcohol, but who do not have physical withdrawal symptoms and who do not require immediate detoxification. The German Institute for [...]

UK’s NICE issues positive final guidance for Selincro

Biotie Therapies (Biotie) announces that the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), the United Kingdom’s health technology assessment authority, has issued its final guidance for Selincro (nalmefene), recommending its use within the conditions of its marketing authorization in the National Health Service (NHS) in England and Wales as an option for reducing alcohol [...]

The effects of childhood adversity on problem drinking

While the influence of heritable factors on the development of alcohol use disorders (AUDs) has been documented in family pedigree and twin studies for decades, identification of specific genetic variants that influence AUDs continues to be challenging. The ADH1B gene has consistently been implicated in problem drinking, but rarely incorporated into gene/environment investigations of alcohol [...]