Research Suggests Semaglutide as Aid for Alcoholism 

Research Suggests Semaglutide as Aid for Alcoholism. Credit | Shutterstock
Research Suggests Semaglutide as Aid for Alcoholism. Credit | Shutterstock

United States: New weight-loss medicines like Wegovy and Ozempic might also help people who have trouble with alcohol, according to a new study. The study found that people who are taking this medicine called semaglutide were 50 to 56 percent less likely to become alcoholic or start drinking again.  

A New Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder 

So this really very important because there aren’t many medicines to help with alcohol problems, so adding semaglutide could be a big help for those who need it. 

There are few drugs that are now available to treat alcohol use disorder and the lead researcher Rong Xu who is a education expert of biomedical informatics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, said in the news release.  

Research Suggests Semaglutide as Aid for Alcoholism. Credit | Getty Images
Research Suggests Semaglutide as Aid for Alcoholism. Credit | Getty Images

As mentioned in the reports by U.S. News, Semaglutide helps regulate blood sugar levels and was the first approved as a diabetes treatment. This particular drug also helps reduce appetite and slow the digestion process, which eventually led to its approval as a weight-loss drug as well. 

How Semaglutide Works 

So, researchers analyzed medical records of nearly 84,000 patients with the obesity, as well as about the 600,000  patients with the type 2 diabetes and fortunately it is a good news that researchers found the consistent reductions in alcoholism among the people treated with semaglutide. 

Promising Results and Future Research 

“While the findings are promising and provide advance evidence of the potential benefit of semaglutide in real-world populations, further randomized clinical trials are needed to support its use clinically for AUD,” study co-author Dr. Pamela Davis a research professor at Case Western, said in a news release. 

Potential Mechanism Behind Semaglutide’s Effects 

Semaglutide might  be effective against alcoholism because GLP-1 the hormone regulated by the drug and also is involved in the dopamine reward system that actually triggered  by drinking, researchers said in the background notes. 

“Parts of the brain that drive eating habits that  overlap extensively with the drive to use alcohol or other substances,” Dr. Lorenzo Leggio, clinical director and deputy scientific director with the National Institute on Drug Abuse, said in a news release.