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Drug reduces alcoholism relapses

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The drug acamprosate can reduce the relapse rate among patients being treated for alcoholism, according to a Cochrane Systematic Review.

Researchers found the drug showed moderate benefits in trials when used in addition to non-drug treatments.

The review looked at data from 24 randomised controlled trials involving 6,915 alcohol dependent patients who were also undergoing psychosocial therapies. It found that the risk of a patient on acamprosate returning to drinking was 86 per cent of that of a patient who took a placebo instead. 

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