The alcohol drug that could cure gambling addicts

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  • It is already being used to treat alcoholism, but scientisis now claim the drug Antabuse could help those addicted to gambling

    As recent statistics reveal that over 600,000 Brits suffer with gambling addiction, the news that the condition may be treated with a drug for alcoholism is perfectly timed.

    The announcement follows the breakthrough case of a man who lost all interest in gambling after taking the drug Antabuse, usually given to alcoholics.

    German and Swiss doctors believe the drug works by boosting levels of dopamine – a chemical in the brain known to be important for combating addictive behaviour – and curbing the gambling habits.

    It follows the release of shocking new figures that reveal over 300,000 are addicted to gambling in Britain, although Gamblers Anonymous thinks it is nearer to 600,000.

    Experts are particularly concerned by the significant rise in women sufferers. According to the latest figures, the number of British female gamblers has doubled in recent years, although when it comes to online gambling the proportion is thought to be much higher.

    Speaking on the effectiveness of the drug Antabuse, researchers said: ‘During the treatment, the patient reported that his desire to gamble disappeared entirely. He has not gambled for more than 12 months.’

    They added that this is just one case and should be interpreted with caution. The drug will need further investigation in the treatment of pathological gambling.


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