Baclofen Now a First Line Treatment -French RTU extended – New Modalities of Treatment

In March 2014, the National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products (ANSM) developed, for a period of 3 years, a Temporary Use Recommendation (RTU) for baclofen in the management of alcohol- dependent. Pending the results of the CNAMTS-ANSM study on safety, and the final reports of the two clinical studies, Alpadir and … Continue reading Baclofen Now a First Line Treatment -French RTU extended – New Modalities of Treatment

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United States law: Alcoholism as a defence in criminal cases

The subject of alcoholism as a defence to criminal charges is explained in the article:  Alcoholism as a Defense to Crime.  The general point made in the article is that the law has adopted an approach similar to the English approach of accepting alcohol intoxication as a defense to crimes of specific intent but not … Continue reading United States law: Alcoholism as a defence in criminal cases

Self-diagnosis and self-prescribing: Time for a rethink.

Alcoholism diagnosis and treatment is gripped by an all-pervading attitude, engendered by AA and 12-Step followers that one is an alcoholic by confession, not medical diagnosis.  AA advocates that before anyone can be helped with alcoholism, they must first admit that they are an alcoholic and then follow a therapy regime which revolves around counselling, … Continue reading Self-diagnosis and self-prescribing: Time for a rethink.