Blog: Chris Brook-CarterPills instead of Pils?

Chris Brook-Carter | 19 May 2005

The days of binge drinking as a British obsession are set to become a thing of the past.

Researchers in the US found that a group of twenty-something drinkers seemed to lose the desire to binge-drink when they took pills made from kudzu, a vine from the southern states of the country.

The ‘guinea pigs’ were required to kick back and chill out in an ‘apartment’ complete with television, recliner and fridge stocked with beer. Not the toughest of medical experiment to suffer, then.

Scientists at Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital found that those who took kudzu pills drank an average of 1.8 beers per 90-minutes session, compared to the 3.5 beers consumed by those who took a placebo.

Of course, as my grandmother used to say, they have pills for everything these days.


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