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Binge Drinking and The Kudzu Cure

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Binge Drinking and The Kudzu Cure

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Binge Drinking and The Kudzu Cure

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New research shows that consuming extract of kudzu root may help reduce binge drinking. But the reason may be that kudzu improves circulation, delivering the effects of alchohol more efficiently to the brain.

SCOTT SIMON, host:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.

News this week of a possible natural therapy for binge drinking. Researchers at McLean Hospital near Boston report that an extract of the kudzu vine reduced the amount of alcohol consumed by test subjects. Kudzu is best known as a nuisance weed in the southern United States where it chokes off other plants. The scientists invited a group of heavy drinkers into a studio apartment and told them to watch TV and crack open a few beers. What some people won't do for medical science. Those given the kudzu extract seemed to drink fewer beers, maybe because kudzu increases blood flow and delivers alcohol to the brain more quickly.

(Disguising voice) Try Kudzu Brew, less sips, more stupid!

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