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‘Magic Mushroom’ Psychedelic May Help Heavy Drinkers Quit

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  • The compound in psychedelic mushrooms helped heavy drinkers cut back or quit entirely in the most rigorous test of psilocybin for alcoholism.
  • More research is needed to see if the effect lasts and whether it works in a larger study.
  • Many who took a dummy drug instead of psilocybin also succeeded in drinking less, likely because all study participants were highly motivated and received talk therapy.

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