Researchers at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom are looking for volunteers to be injected with ketamine to evaluate whether or not it can be used as a treatment for alcoholism.
The common party drug has already been involved in research on pain and depression and it has been found that it is has helped both issues. The project, entitled KARE (Ketamine for Reduction of Alcoholic Relapse), is funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and Innovate UK.
The University of Exeter is looking to recruit 96 volunteers who will receive a small dose of ketamine once per week for three weeks. A control group will be receiving saline placebos during their injections to measure the difference between the groups. They will also be required to take part in seven 90 minute sessions of psychological therapy over the course of the study. As part of the research, they will also