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LSD effective in the treatment of alcohol addiction

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alcoholismLSD can be effective in the treatment of alcoholism, according to a new study of a Norwegian research team. This study, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, shows that administration of LSD in alcoholics can contribute to the success of the treatment.

In this meta-analysis, the results of six randomized clinical trials that were published between 1966 and 1970 were used. In these studies LSD was administered in a total of 325 cases, and a placebo in 211 cases. Of the patients that received LSD 59% percent improved during the treatment, compared to only 38% of the persons receiving a placebo. The researchers conclude that there is evidence for a positive effect of LSD in the treatment of alcoholism.

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