Scientists ‘Cure’ Alcoholism by Implanting Electrodes In Patient’s Brain

Researchers in Canada may have discovered a miracle cure for alcoholism using a shocking new surgical technique.

The researchers implanted a set of electrodes, that sent shocks through the patient’s brain, into the head of a 67 year old alcoholic who has no claimed that he has been cured.

As The Daily Mail reports:

The 67-year-old was a self-confessed alcoholic who claimed he would drink almost an entire 70cl bottle of whiskey every night.

Dr Plummer, a former scientific director of Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory, said he was in denial about his problem until his liver failed in 2012.

The device, which costs between $15,000 and $20,000, sends electrical impulses into the nucleus accumbens, an area of the brain linked to addiction and our reward circuit.
A year after the operation the implants are still in place and the patient reportedly no longer craves alcohol.

 

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