According to a new study, two medications could help tens of thousands of alcoholics quit drinking, yet the drugs are rarely prescribed to patients.
Naltrexone and acamprosate work with the brain’s chemical reward system to curb intense cravings.
CNN reports the two drugs made addicts less likely to drink again and reduced the number of “drinking days” when they did relapse.
Less than a third of all people with alcohol problems receive treatment of any kind.
Experts say fewer than 10 percent of alcoholics are prescribed medications.