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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.

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