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LSD 'could help treat alcoholism'

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A study has suggested that LSD could be used to help people overcome alcoholism.

Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology have theorised that a single dose of the class A drug has a "significant beneficial effect" on alcohol abuse.

They reached their conclusion after analysing studies on the drug between 1966 and 1970, in which 59% of subjects given LSD showed reduced levels of alcohol misuse, compared with 38% in another group that did not receive any.

This effect was maintained for six months after taking LSD, according to the BBC, but disappeared after a year.

"Given the evidence for a beneficial effect of LSD on alcoholism, it is puzzling why this treatment approach has been largely overlooked," said the report's authors Teri Krebs and Pal-Orjan Johansen.

It was also suggested that more regular doses could have a long-term benefit, while higher levels of abstinence were also recorded in those taking the hallucinogen.

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