A new study shows that Chantix, a drug that is used to quit smoking, may also curb drinking. The drug works by blocking nicotine receptors in the brain. According to WebMD, any people taking this drug to quit smoking also reported to their doctors that they were also drinking less.
Researchers hope to find out why this happens, in hopes that Chantix could also be used in treating alcoholism. Currently, there are only 3 medications approved by the FDA to treat alcohol-use disorders. Also, it is very hard to quit both smoking and drinking at the same time, and this drug could prove helpful.