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A nasal spray of the 'love hormone' oxytocin could combat alcoholism, according to a new study.
Researchers said that, in experiments performed on rats, the rodents that were hooked on booze drank less after a dose of the chemical.
Oxytocin - Intercourse - Treatment - Disorders - Anxiety
Oxytocin is triggered by bonding behavior - including sexual intercourse and breastfeeding - and has already been suggested as a treatment for eating disorders, anxiety and drug addiction.
But the new study found it also reduced consumption in alcohol-dependent rats, thanks to oxytocin's effect on the brain's GABA receptors, where alcohol is thought to exert its intoxicating effects.
Findings - Development - Treatment - Alcohol - Use
The findings could lead to the development of a pioneering treatment for alcohol use disorder in humans, says the team from the National Institutes of Health in Maryland.
Previous research has shown administering oxytocin can reduce consumption and associated with several drugs of abuse.
Promise - Approach - Drug - Addiction - Researchers
It shows promise as a 'pharmacological approach to treat drug addiction,' according to the researchers.
So the team decided to find out how it mediates these effects by using an...
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