The National Institutes of Health is spending over $300,000 getting drunks to practice mindfulness meditation.
The Wake Forest University study will seek to curb the cravings of “moderate to high” drinkers, which the researchers define as low as just one drink per day for women, and two drinks for men.
“The scientific premise of the Wake Forest Translational Alcohol Research Center (WF-TARC) is that the neurobiological substrates that contribute to alcohol use disorder (AUD) vulnerability and resilience are not fully understood,” according to the grant for the study. “Despite the fact that alcohol misuse contributes to 88,000 deaths in America each year, the effectiveness of currently available interventions is less than desirable and is demonstrated by relapse occurring in up to 70 [percent] of treated patients.”
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