Data mining: Scientists say LSD curbed alcohol consumption

In a re-examination of research data from the 50’s 60’s and 70’s by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology — an amazingly high 59% of test subjects showed decreased alcohol consumption (and related alcoholism):

As a result of their work, the researchers have argued that LSD should be included in the range of medications for treating alcoholism in Norway, according to a report by the Aftenposten daily.

“You should consider offering LSD therapy in combination with other therapeutic treatment to patients who have not been helped by current methods,” they said.

The research which supports their conclusions was carried out in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, with the scientists coming across a total of six studies that met contemporary scientific standards.

After examining the six studies it was established that 59 percent of patients who had received LSD, had either quit drinking, or were drinking less than before.

“Treatment with a single dose of LSD seems to give equally good results as the daily use of medications used to treat alcoholism today. It is unusual that a drug has therapeutic effect for six months after one dose,” the researchers explained.

The results of the study were published on Friday in the prestigious British Journal of Psychopharmacology, and by Nature News.

LSD can cause altered states of consciousness and sensory experiences. It is prohibited in Norway as a narcotic substance, but is permitted for use as a medicine.

Of course Norway’s laws are outdated on the matter, but it’s a promising lead in tearing down onerous laws against the plebeian level pursuit of science. Back in 2006, the UK Science Panel agreed with the growing consensus that LSD is relatively harmless by classifying it as less harmful than alcohol, tobacco or even cannabis; and slightly above Ritalin, steroids and ecstasy.

h/T r/science which is apparently full of alcoholics

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