In a major breakthrough, Scientists have found a new pill that could reverse the effects of alcohol drinking on human brain. An experiment that is carried out on adult mice show that two weeks of daily treatment with the drug tandospirone reversed the effects of 15 weeks of binge-like alcohol consumption on neurogenesis.
Study leader neuroscientist Professor Selena Bartlett from QUT’s Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation said:
“This is a novel discovery that tandospirone can reverse the deficit in neurogenesis caused by alcohol.”
“We know that with heavy drinking you are inhibiting your ability to grow new neurons, brain cells. Alcohol is specifically very damaging for neurons. Other studies in mice have shown that tandospirone improves brain neurogenesis, but this is the first time it has been shown that it can totally reverse the neurogenic deficits induced by alcohol.”
“This opens the way to look at if neurogenesis is associated with other substance-abuse deficits, such as in memory and learning, and whether this compound can reverse these.”