A drug known as nalmefene has been approved for use in England, after successfully being used to treat patients in Scotland for alcohol addiction. It works by supposedly reducing the happy buzz that comes once that third pint of Stella starts massaging your brain.
Initial results in Scotland suggest that men who drank eight units a day could reduce that shameful level of consumption by half, when prescribed the drug alongside a more traditional course of counselling. Critics claim it's expensive at £84 a month for a course, and only treats the symptoms of a society reliant on cheap, readily available booze. [Independent]
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