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Monday, January 9, 2012
Alcohol Abuse Treatment
We have isolated a compound here
that could be imbibed in conjunction with alcohol that actually is beneficial
sleepiness effect directly
impact on speech directly
counteract dependency development
counteract acute intoxication
It sounds like something that we could
add at the manufacturing level to all alcohols to achieve the best outcome. It is too much to expect it to be totally
successful, but we can all take a lot less outright intoxication and a lot less
Chinese Herbal Medicine May Provide Novel Treatment for Alcohol Abuse
UCLA researchers have identified how a component of an ancient Chinese herbal
anti-hangover medicine called dihydromyricetin, isolated from the plant
Hovenia, counteracts acute alcohol intoxication and withdrawal symptoms.
The research team found that dihydromyricetin blocks the action of
alcohol on the brain and neurons and also reduces voluntary alcohol consumption,
with no major side effects, in an early study with rats.
Specifically, dihydromyricetin inhibited alcohol's effect on the
brain's GABAA receptors, specific sites targeted by chemicals from brain cells.
Alcohol normally enhances the GABAA receptors' influence in slowing brain cell
activity, reducing the ability to communicate and increasing sleepiness —
common symptoms of drunkenness.
The next stage of the research will involve human clinical trials, the
The research team determined that dihydromyricetin may provide a
molecular target and cellular mechanism to counteract alcohol intoxication and
dependence, leading to new therapeutic treatments — all based on an ancient
"folk medicine" treatment that has been used by humans for at least
Alcohol use disorders are the most common form of substance abuse,
affecting more than 76 million people worldwide, according to the World Health
Organization. Only an estimated 13 percent of people identified as having an
alcohol use disorder receive medical treatment, partly due to a lack of
effective medications without major side effects. Although alcohol impacts most
organ systems, its effect on the brain in developing intoxicating, sedative and
addictive properties is critical.
Associate Professor Jing Liang, M.D., Ph.D., and Professor Richard W.
Olsen, Ph.D., both from the department of molecular and medical pharmacology at
of Medicine at UCLA, are available for interviews.
The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health.