Users on Reddit have reported that taking drugs intended to treat Type 2 diabetes and obesity reduced their cravings for alcohol. Virginia Tech researchers found that these drugs decreased cravings and alcohol consumption in a study published in Scientific Reports. The study analyzed over 68,000 Reddit posts and conducted a remote study of individuals with obesity who used the drugs. They combined these studies to build on existing research.
The drugs, semaglutide and tirzepatide, are GLP-1 approved medications used to reduce blood sugar and energy intake. Researchers found that participants taking the drugs reported drinking significantly fewer drinks and experienced fewer effects of alcohol. They also discovered that the drugs reduced the odds of binge drinking.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has only approved three medications to treat alcohol use disorder, with limited success and poor compliance. The authors suggest further trials to explore the therapeutic potential of these drugs. The researchers also emphasized the need for more diverse studies to examine sex and race differences.
These drugs show promise in treating alcohol use disorder, a significant contributor to global mortality. The authors hope to contribute to understanding these medications and their underlying mechanisms to improve treatment.
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