Alcoholism is a growing problem worldwide. The World Health Organization reports that alcohol causes almost two million deaths every year and results in physical disability or shortened life span for at least 58 million others. Now a drug -- already used to help smokers cut back -- is showing promise as a way to reduce alcohol consumption. VOA's Melinda Smith as the story.
The pill's name is varenicline and it is already in the market in the U.S. and Canada as a remedy for smoking under the brand name Chantix. Its European name is Champix.
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