Scientists at the University of Texas at Austin have been working on developing a medication to treat the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. While there are already medications designed to help manage the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal available for sale in the United States, many of these drugs have been found to come with serious negative side effects. Scientists are hopeful that this new medication, a drug known as JVW-1034, will be able to ameliorate withdrawal symptoms without these harmful side effects.
Thus far, the researchers’ tests of JVW-1035 on worms and rats addicted to alcohol have yielded positive results that, if replicated in humans, could be a godsend to the millions of Americans suffering from an alcohol addiction. For example, in one experiment, rats who had open access to alcohol significantly reduced their consumption when given JVW-1035.
While the research is promising, there are a number of interim steps that will need to be taken before it is actually made available. If you know someone struggling with an alcohol addiction is important that they seek professional help and treatment without delay.
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