New research has found that the combination of a ketamine injection and memory restoration technique can significantly reduce alcohol cravings and harmful drinking behavior in people who drink a lot of alcohol.
Approximately 88,000 people die from alcohol related causes each year in the United States.
According to a recent estimate by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), more than 26% of adults age 18 and older are likely to be intoxicated in the past month, with 6.7% participating in heavy alcohol use.
Overall, more than 14 million adults are living with alcohol use disorders in the United States and only a small percentage of them are treated.
Currently only three Approved medicines can help treat alcohol use disorders and none of them can cure this condition.
Now, a small pilot study on 90 people showed that ketamine promises to be a better, more effective treatment for harmful drinking behavior.
Ravi Das, from the clinical psychophysiological unit at University College London (UCL) in the UK, is the lead author of
Drinking and reward system of the brain
Das and colleagues started from the neuroscience framework explaining addiction in terms of reward-seeking behavior.
Within the framework of this explanation, addictive drugs impair the normal, …