A study conducted at the National Institute of Health was attended by 45 women and men dependent on alcohol. None of them received treatment or rehab.
Scientists wanted to find out how graylin (a hormone controlling appetite) affects the urge to drink, says NDTV.
The participants were randomly divided into three groups. They were given three different doses of Grelin. Then, scientists watched how Grelin influenced volunteers to use alcohol and non-alcoholic beverage-placebo (juice). They noticed: Grelin raised cravings for alcohol. The desire to drink juice did not grow.
Previously conducted studies on rodents gave the same results. Scientists have now proven: Grelin works in the same way on people. The study suggests looking at the causes of alcohol dependence on the new side. So, the hunger hormone in the future may become a target for the treatment of disorders caused by alcohol use.