Researchers Create World's First Vaccine for Alcoholism

by VR Sreeraman on  February 3, 2013 at 8:22 PM Alcohol & Drug Abuse News
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A team of researchers from a university in Chile have claimed to have developed the world's first vaccine for alcoholism that could help reduce the alcohol-related deaths.

Around 2.5 million people die each year from alcohol-related problems, the Daily Express reported.
 Researchers Create World's First Vaccine for Alcoholism
Researchers Create World's First Vaccine for Alcoholism
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A monthly injection will almost eliminate cravings, said the team from the University of Chile in Santiago.

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The vaccine will be tested on humans at the end of 2013.

In early trials, it has reduced alcohol intake by more than 90 percent.

"The vaccine delivers an instant hangover of epic proportions," said scientist Juan Asenjo.

"If a patient takes one sip of alcohol after the injection, those typical hangover symptoms, such as rapid pulse rate, sweating and nausea, are magnified to the point where the mere idea of another drink is repellent," he said.

Source: IANS
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