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Can an Experimental Drug Reduce Alcohol Craving?

Consider Joining a Research Study

A woman drinking alcohol alone

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are looking for individuals to participate in a research study investigating an experimental medication that might reduce alcohol craving.

Ghrelin is a hormone found naturally in the body that stimulates appetite. It may also stimulate alcohol craving and use. We want to learn more about alcohol craving and test if a drug that blocks ghrelin lowers the craving for alcohol.

There is no cost to participate and compensation is provided.

You may be eligible if you are:

  • A healthy 18-70 year old
  • A heavy drinker with no contraindication to be in the study

Participating includes:

  • Approximately 3-4 week inpatient stay
  • Optional outpatient follow up visits
  • Taking the study medication or placebo (a liquid solution with no active ingredients) by mouth twice a day
  • Physical exams, blood tests, brain imaging scans, questionnaires, virtual reality tasks, and be exposed to alcohol, water, and food cues in a bar simulation

Location: The study takes place at the NIH Clinical Center, America's Research Hospital in Bethesda, MD. We are on the Metro red line (Medical Center stop).

For more information, call:
NIH Clinical Center Office of Patient Recruitment
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Refer to study #16-AA-0080

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

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This page last updated on 03/07/2019

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