Alcohol Pills

A pill which reduces the desire to drink alcohol is likely to be introduces in England and Wales. The tablet called Nalmefene could be effective in conjunction with psychological support. However its effectiveness amoung drinkers who have little or no motivation to change is untested.

Also as Dr Niamh Fitzgerald, Lecturer in Alcohol Studies at the University of Stirling is quoted as saying in a recenent BBC article,  we should have concerns about what this drugs widespread use would mean:

"The fact that alcohol problems are widespread in society is an important principle for effective policy options such as minimum unit pricing and restrictions on marketing of alcohol,"

"It would be unfortunate if the availability of nalmefene led to a sense that the appropriate response to these widespread problems was for the NHS to medicate large numbers of people, rather than initiating these other more effective and less costly approaches to reduce consumption."