Alcoholics could be treated with hallucinogenic LSD
The hallucinogenic drug LSD could be used to treat alcoholics and help them to stop drinking, researchers are claiming.
The team, from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, analysed the results of six studies that were carried out in the 1960s and early 1970s.
It was revealed that LSD caused ‘trips’ which made problem drinkers look at their life – and their habit in particular – from a new perspective.
Apparently, the effect of LSD on alcoholism lasted for several months and the findings of the investigation have now been published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.
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In total, data collected from 536 patients was analysed during the research team’s study.
Some patients were given a full dose of LSD, while others were given smaller doses, but all were taking part in alcohol addiction treatment programmes.
Out of the results from the six trials that were examined, all of them showed a beneficial effect.
Teri Krebs and Pal-Orjan Johansen, who authored the new study, said: “A single dose of LSD has a significant beneficial effect on alcohol misuse.
“In independent and standardised follow-up examinations, ranging from one to twelve months later, all of the studies showed that the patients who had received a full dose of LSD fared the best.
“On average, 59 percent of full-dose patients showed a clear improvement compared with 38 percent in the other groups.”
They added: “Given the evidence for a beneficial effect of LSD on alcoholism, it is puzzling why this treatment approach has been largely overlooked.”
Despite the promising results, the researchers admit they do not know why LSD is so beneficial to alcoholics.
“We do not yet fully know why LSD works this way, but we know that the substance is non-toxic and that it is not addictive.
“We also know that it has a striking effect on the imagination, perception and memories.
“LSD may stimulate the formation of new connections and patterns, and generally seems to open an individual to an awareness of new perspectives and opportunities for action,” they said.
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Dubai's new smart neuro spinal hospital: need to know
We take a look at Dubai's new smart hospital.
What: The Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre is a new hospital featuring state-of-the-art technology for spinal, neurosurgical, neurological, orthopaedic, radiosurgery and cancer treatments. The 700 million AED hospital, (equivalent to £138 million), has 114 beds, smart patient rooms, and green spaces for patient rehabilitation, and is four times the capacity of its former premises in Jumeirah. It is also the UAE’s first hospital to have surgical robots.
Where: The hospital is located in the Dubai Science Park. Founded in 2005, Dubai Science Park is home to more than 350 companies from multinational corporations in life sciences, biotechnology and research; over 4,000 people work here each day.
Who: The UAE's Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre was first established in Jumeirah in 2002 by Dr. Abdul Karim Msaddi, as the first as the first "super-specialty" neuroscience hospital.
Why: With advanced diagnosis and robotics, the hospital will provide care across neuroscience, spine, orthopaedics and oncology for people residing in the UAE, as well as international patients.
Prof. Abdul Karim Msaddi, Chairman and Medical Director of the hospital, said: “We are proud to bring world-class healthcare services to Dubai and believe our next-generation hospital will be a game-changer for the emirate’s and the region’s medical industry.
"It will not only significantly increase the availability of specialist neuroscience and radiosurgery treatments and provide better patient care but help attract and develop local and international talent. Investing in the new centre represents our continued faith in the resilience of the region’s economy, as well as a testament to our ongoing drive towards healthcare innovation in the UAE.”