Could new pill to reduce alcohol dependence be coming to Wales?

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) has recommended the use of a pill, which helps reduce alcohol consumption of those who are alcohol dependent

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New drug could cut alcohol consumption by 61%

The new pill helps to cut alcohol consumption Credit: PA

A new pill, which helps to reduce alcohol consumption, could be heading to Wales. It would be given to drinkers who have half a bottle of wine or three pints a night.

Nearly 600,000 people will be eligible to receive the nalmefene tablet to keep their cravings at bay.

Experts claim the drug, which costs £3 a tablet, could save as many as 1,854 lives over five years and prevent 43,074 alcohol-related diseases and injuries.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) recommended the drug's use after trials showed it cut drinking by 61% over six months when used with counselling.

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