By: Terry Graedon January 27, 2011 1 Comments
    Genetic Targeting Improves Treatment for Alcohol…

    Genetic research may result in a new treatment for some alcoholics. Scientists at the University of Virginia have found that specific variations in a serotonin transporter gene can affect a person's s…

    By: Terry Graedon February 26, 2010 20 Comments
    Naltrexone Cuts Urge to Drink

    Q. I am a 62-year-old male emergency room nurse with a history of drinking 6 to 8 alcoholic drinks a day for the past 30 years or so. My drinking is confined to the hours between 5 and 10 PM. I drink …

    By: Terry Graedon January 2, 2010 40 Comments
    753 Overcoming Alcohol Dependence

    Alcoholism is notoriously hard to treat and the relapse rate is extremely high. But an old drug may be surprisingly effective in helping people overcome alcohol dependence. Naloxone and its cousin nal…

    By: Terry Graedon October 9, 2006 1 Comments
    Prisoner Needs Anti-Alcohol Assistance

    Q. What can you tell me about medication used to fight alcoholism? I am getting out of prison soon, and I need all the help I can get. My four kids need it just as much as I do. How would I get it and…

    By: Terry Graedon August 21, 2006 0 Comments
    New Treatments for Alcoholism

    Q. Now that Mel Gibson's alcohol problem is out in the open, perhaps there will be more discussion about treating alcoholism. Why don't rehab centers use naltrexone or acamprosate for this disease? On…

    By: Joe Graedon June 6, 2005 0 Comments
    Common Weed Eases Alcohol Cravings

    Q. Some time ago you had a letter from a woman who was drinking too much wine in the evening and wanted to cut back. You told her about a tea or an herbal concoction to diminish her desire to drink. S…