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June 14th, 2008 at 9:38 am

Study: Naltrexone in Alcohol Curbs Gambling Urge

 Study: Naltrexone in Alcohol Curbs Gambling Urge

 Gambling addiction is a serious problem, and this is something casinos will hate

A drug found effective in alcohol addiction also curbs the urge to gamble, according to a study.

Seventy seven people participated in the double-blind, placebo controlled study. Fifty eight men and women took 50, 100 or 150 milligrams of naltrexone every day for 18 weeks.


Forty percent of the 49 participants who took the drug and completed the study quit gambling for at least one month. Their urge to gamble also significantly dropped in intensity and frequency.

The other 19 participants took a placebo. But only 10.5 per cent of those who took the placebo were able to abstain from gambling. Study participants were aged between 18 and 75 and reported gambling for 6 to 32 hours each week.

Dosage did not have an impact on the results, naltrexone was generally well tolerated, and men and women reported similar results.

“This is good news for people who have a gambling problem,” said Jon Grant of University of Minnesota and principal investigator of the study. “This is the first time people have a proven medication that can help them get their behavior under control.”

The research has been published in the June issue of the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.
Via the Times


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