Taking MDMA could help to treat alcoholism, study suggests

Chiara Giordano reports for The Independent:

“Taking MDMA could help treat alcohol addiction, according to a new study.

During an eight-week trial in Bristol, 14 people with alcohol problems were given a controlled amount of the party drug, also known as ecstasy, during two psychotherapy sessions.

Psychological support was provided before, during and after each session and their alcohol use behaviour, mental wellbeing and functioning data were collected for nine months.

The study, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, found participants on average consumed 18.7 units of alcohol per week in the months after the trial, compared to 130.6 units before …”

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