Want to curb binge drinking? Try fish oil


7 Apr 2011
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Fish oil has been hailed as wonder treatment for diseases like autism and dementia, now scientists have claimed that it could also help tackle binge drinking.

Researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine in the US found that the omega 3 fatty acids (DHA), the main ingredient of fish oil, significantly reduces the craving for alcohol.

The scientists, who made the discovery by chance while studying whether fish oil had any benefit for bipolar disorder, found that it "normalised" the behaviour of mice with the condition.

"They (the mice) are not depressed and when subjected to stress they do not become manic," lead author Dr Alexander Niculescu was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.

However, an unexpected finding of the research was that the fatty acid also reduced the desire for alcohol, Dr Niculescu said.

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