Why are medications being given to heavy alcohol drinkers?
We ultimately want to learn whether medications can help people to reduce their alcohol use, as well as associated high-risk behaviors such as unprotected sex.
Why might taking medications on an as-needed basis work to reduce binge-drinking?
Prior studies suggest that the medication we are testing may reduce heavy alcohol use. Specifics of the medication will be explained to you during the screening process. However, it is important to understand that we do not yet know if this medication will lead to a reduction in binge-drinking. Because these studies are double-blind and randomized, you would receive either the medication or placebo; all participants will receive weekly harm-reduction counseling.