Fish oil could curb binge drinking by reducing desire for alcohol

Fish oil supplements have been hailed as a wonder treatment for conditions ranging from autism to dementia. Now new evidence suggests the omega 3 fatty acids could tackle alcohol abuse as well.

Scientists from the Indian University School of Medicine made the discovery by chance when studying whether fish oil had any benefit for bipolar disorder. Lead author Dr Alexander Niculescu found that the fatty acid DHA, which is the main ingredient of fish oil, 'normalised' behaviour of mice with the condition.

'They are not depressed and when subjected to stress they do not become manic,' Dr Niculescu said.

However, an unexpected finding of the research was that the fatty acid also reduced the desire for alcohol.

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