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Friday
Jan212011

Study: Kudzu Extract Decreases Binge Drinking

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The extract of the kudzu root was already known to be helpful in treating alcohol abuse, but now a study in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research suggests it can be used to decrease binge drinking.  

Twelve men were given either kudzu extract or a placebo for nine days, then they were given a set amount of alcohol to drink. Those who had taken the kudzu extract had increased heart rate, elevated blood alcohol levels, and reported greater levels of dizziness compared to those who had taken the placebo.  

The authors don't know why the kudzu caused blood alcohol levels to rise, but they think they've found out why people drink less after taking kudzu. They may feel the effects of the alcohol more quickly. In other words, getting drunk faster may actually reduce how much you end up drinking-- a conclusion even the authors admit is " counter-intuitive."

Still, they say kudzu extract could help manage binge drinking, which could  promote complete alcohol withdrawal along with other treatments.

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Tuesday
Jan182011

Can You Stop Drinking by Getting Drunk Faster?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(CAMBRIDGE, Mass) – A study suggests that taking a kudzu extract can be used to decrease binge drinking and eventually lead to complete alcohol cessation.

The study, published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, randomly assigned 12 participants to either take kudzu extract or a placebo for nine days.  All participants then drank a set amount of alcohol as the experimenters closely monitored their heart rate, blood alcohol levels and sense of inebriation. 

The researchers, from McLean Hospital at Harvard Medical School, found that those who took kudzu extract had increased heart rate, elevated blood alcohol levels and reported greater levels of dizziness than those who took the placebo.
 
Although the authors don’t know why kudzu caused the rapid rise in blood alcohol levels, they believe that they’ve discovered why people drink less when taking kudzu: they may simply feel the effects of the alcohol sooner.

The researchers argue that, although getting drunk faster may not be a good method to quit drinking, kudzu can decrease binge drinking and lead to complete cessation.

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