Smokers who use the drug varenicline to help them stop lighting up may discover it also reduces their urge to drink.

"Varenicline has been available as a smoking cessation aid for nearly a year in the U.S. and the European Union, 30 countries in all. In addition to already having proved its safety in humans, the drug offers other benefits over current alcoholism treatments, including not diminishing appetite. Also, "it’s not metabolized in the liver," Bartlett says, a major plus because "people who have been drinking for a long time tend to have liver damage."

Hey, it’s okay to ban smoking in bars now – we have a drug to suppress the urge to smoke and Drink – and its good for us…



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