Researchers find the Kudzu vine may reduce binge drinking - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/12/09

Researchers find the Kudzu vine may reduce binge drinking

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The ever-present Kudzu vine may do more than clutter yards and highways, researchers say it could someday help manage binge drinking. 

A study of rodents by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, shows a compound extracted from the vine reduces the amount of alcohol the rats drink and even prevents them from a relapse.

The study shows that when someone drinks alcohol, this Kudzu compound triggers nausea as a side effect, which makes them want to drink less, or nothing at all.

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