Now there’s a £3-a-day pill to combat alcoholism

Now there's a £3-a-day pill to combat alcoholism
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A pill costing £3 a day that can help cut binge drinking could soon be made available on the NHS for the first time.

Nalmefene should be taken a couple of hours before drinking to stop the risk of consuming too much alcohol.

It works by blocking part of the brain which gives drinkers pleasure from booze, controlling the urge to continue downing alcohol.

More than half of patients treated in trials with nalmefene, along with counselling sessions, cut their alcohol consumption by half.

New draft guidance from the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence says nalmefene should become a compulsory drug for doctors to make available.

Prof Carole Longson, director of Nice’s Health Technology Evaluation Centre, said: ‘When used alongside psychosocial interventions, nalmefene is clinically and cost effective for the NHS compared with psychosocial interventions alone.’

Drug manufacturer Lundbeck welcomed the ‘preliminary recommendations’. The Department of Health said: ‘We recognise the importance in improving treatment for those dependent on alcohol.’

A consultation has been opened on the draft, with final guidance expected later this year.

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