A newly presented study dating from the 1960s shows evidences that a dose of LSD potentially aids in the fight against alcoholism.
A study, presented in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, looked at data from six trials and more than 500 patients.
It said there was a “significant beneficial effect” on alcohol abuse, which lasted several months after the drug was taken.
Patients were all taking part in alcohol treatment programmes, but some were given a single dose of LSD of between 210 and 800 micrograms.
For the group of patients taking LSD, 59% showed reduced levels of alcohol misuse compared with 38% in the other group.
Prof David Nutt, who was sacked as the UK government’s drugs adviser, has previously called for the laws around illegal drugs to be relaxed to enable more research.
He said: “Curing alcohol dependency requires huge changes in the way you see yourself. That’s what LSD does.
“This is probably as good as anything we’ve got [for treating alcoholism].”
If this study is correct, it would mean that LSD is significantly more effective in treating alcoholism than social support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, and it would mean adding treating alcoholism among the other purported benefits of LSD: pain relief and creative epiphany. And as was widely reported, Steve Jobs was another proponent of taking LSD, calling it “one of the two or the most important things [he had] done in [his] life.” Nevertheless there are dangers and downsides, including panic attacks (“bad trips”), flashbacks, and general suggestibility to bad ideas (see: Billy Crudup as Russell Hammond in Almost Famous) among others.
Read why alcohol might not be such a bad thing in a Ticker article by Blake J. Graham, “Tough Problem? Drink Up.”