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Drug against alcoholism works, researchers claim

PARIS: French researchers provided fresh evidence Friday to support claims that a drug touted as a miracle cure for alcoholism, and prescribed for this purpose in France, actually works. The drug, baclofen, had "a positive effect" at high doses in reducing alcohol consumption over a year of treatment, according to study results released at a conference in Paris. Developers reported on a drug trial named Bacloville, conducted among 320 heavy drinkers aged 18 to 65 between May 2012 and June 2013. The trial compared…

Addiction is a crisis, not a character flaw: US surgeon general

MIAMI: Alcoholism and drug abuse are a pressing public health crisis in the United States, and addiction should no longer be dismissed as a "character flaw," top US health officials said. For the first time, the US surgeon general, Vivek Murthy, released a major report on substance abuse, called "Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health." The report "aims to shift the way our society thinks about substance misuse and substance-use disorders," Murthy said. "Substance-use…

Shia LaBeouf being treated for alcoholism

LOS ANGELES: Actor Shia LaBeouf, who was accused last week of disturbing a performance of musical "Cabaret" in New York, is undergoing treatment for alcoholism, his publicist said on Tuesday. LaBeouf, 28, has voluntarily sought outpatient care for addiction, Melissa Kates, the former "Transformers" star's spokeswoman, said in a statement. The actor was arraigned last week on charges of disorderly conduct and harassment after police said he interrupted a performance of "Cabaret" inside New York's Studio 54, used obscene…