Alcoholic repair

Researchers at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia have shown that the drug, tandospirone, which is currently only available in China and Japan, could help reverse the damage to the brain caused by heavy alcohol consumption. Studies in mice suggest that the drug reverses the harmful effects of the equivalent of fifteen weeks of binge drinking in the animals, triggering neurogenesis and replacing dead brain cells. The drug acts selectively on the serotonin receptor (5-HT1A) and seems to reduce the anxiety symptoms associated with alcohol withdrawal.