Du måste aktivera javascript för att sverigesradio.se ska fungera korrekt och för att kunna lyssna på ljud. Har du problem med vår sajt så finns hjälp på http://kundo.se/org/sverigesradio/
drug to be tested in autumn

Swedes develop new medicine to combat alcoholism

Published fredag 27 juli 2012 kl 16.16
Photo: Anders Wiklund/Scanpix.

Swedish researchers are developing a medicine that will suppress alcohol cravings for people who are addicted to alcohol.

According to daily newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, testing of the new medicine will begin in the autumn, and will be carried out at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.

Nobel prize winner Arvid Carlsson developed the substance that is supposed to balance dopamine levels in the brain that control alcohol cravings.

"What is unique about it is that it doesn't trun off the entire dopamine system, it actually stabilizes it and creates a balancing effect", said Pia Steensland, an alcohol researcher at the Karolinska Institute.

The substance has previously been tested on rats.

Our journalism is based on credibility and impartiality. Swedish Radio is independent and not affiliated to any political, religious, financial, public or private interests.
Har du frågor eller förslag gällande våra webbtjänster?

Kontakta gärna Sveriges Radios supportforum där vi besvarar dina frågor vardagar kl. 9-17.

Du hittar dina sparade avsnitt i menyn under "Min Lista".