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Drug will make alcoholics forget that they want a drink

11 March 2012

The Independent - 11 March 2012

A prescription drug used to treat anxiety may soon be able to beat alcoholism, according to researchers at Cambridge University.  Scientists believe that Propanolol, a beta-blocker drug, obstructs certain memories in the brain that are known to trigger relapses among alcoholics.

Researchers believe that the drug may help prevent what they call "cue-drug memory" - when memories of certain people and places that are closely linked to with the craving for alcohol prompt an unconscious impulse to drink.

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