Ozempic could help you drink less alcohol, study shows

ABC News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jen Ashton looks at a new study that shows how drugs like Ozempic could help you drink less alcohol.
1:53 | 12/04/23

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>> DeMarco: WE'RE BACK WITH DR. JEN. JEN. THERE'S A NEW STUDY TALKING THERE'S A NEW STUDY TALKING ABOUT HOW THE WEIGHT LOSS DRUG ABOUT HOW THE WEIGHT LOSS DRUG OZEMPIC COULD HELP YOU DRINK OZEMPIC COULD HELP YOU DRINK LESS ALCOHOL. LESS ALCOHOL. >> Dr. Jen: YES. >> Dr. Jen: YES. THIS STARTS WITH DOCTORS AND THIS STARTS WITH DOCTORS AND CLINICIANS WHO HAVE HAD CLINICIANS WHO HAVE HAD PATIENTS -- REMEMBER, THESE PATIENTS -- REMEMBER, THESE DRUGS HAVE BEEN OUT FOR OVERTEN DRUGS HAVE BEEN OUT FOR OVERTEN YEARS. YEARS. THEY'RE NOT NEW. THEY'RE NOT NEW. AS THEY'VE BEEN MANAGING AS THEY'VE BEEN MANAGING PATIENTS ON THESE DRUGS, IN PATIENTS ON THESE DRUGS, IN TALKING TO THEIR PATIENTS, A TALKING TO THEIR PATIENTS, A NOVEL CONCEPT, THEY ACTUALLY NOVEL CONCEPT, THEY ACTUALLY LEARNED SOMETHING NEW. LEARNED SOMETHING NEW. THEY MADE A CRITICAL OBSERVATION THEY MADE A CRITICAL OBSERVATION THAT BASED ON ANECDOTAL REPORTS, THAT BASED ON ANECDOTAL REPORTS, SUBJECTIVE REPORTS, THAT SUBJECTIVE REPORTS, THAT PATIENTS ON THESE DRUGS FOR PATIENTS ON THESE DRUGS FOR WEIGHT MANAGEMENT WERE SAYING, I WEIGHT MANAGEMENT WERE SAYING, I DON'T DRINK AS MUCH ALCOHOL. DON'T DRINK AS MUCH ALCOHOL. I HAVE LESS CRAVING. I HAVE LESS CRAVING. I'M NOT AS RESPONSIVE TO THE I'M NOT AS RESPONSIVE TO THE SOCIAL CUES THAT HAVE BEEN SOCIAL CUES THAT HAVE BEEN LEADING THEM TO CONSUME ALCOHOL LEADING THEM TO CONSUME ALCOHOL AT ANY LEVEL. AT ANY LEVEL. TODAY WE TALKED ABOUT A NEW TODAY WE TALKED ABOUT A NEW STUDY EARLIER THIS MORNING ON STUDY EARLIER THIS MORNING ON "GOOD MORNING AMERICA" THAT I "GOOD MORNING AMERICA" THAT I THINK IS GOING TO PAVE THE WAY THINK IS GOING TO PAVE THE WAY FOR MORE ROBUST CLINICAL TRIALS FOR MORE ROBUST CLINICAL TRIALS USING THESE DRUGS FOR PEOPLE USING THESE DRUGS FOR PEOPLE WITH ALCOHOL ABUSE DISORDER. WITH ALCOHOL ABUSE DISORDER. THIS WAS A SMALL CASE SERIES, THIS WAS A SMALL CASE SERIES, SIX PATIENTS. SIX PATIENTS. ALL HAD SIGNIFICANT REDUCTIONS ALL HAD SIGNIFICANT REDUCTIONS IN THEIR CRAVING FOR ALCOHOL. IN THEIR CRAVING FOR ALCOHOL. IF YOU CAN KILL TWO BIRDS WITH IF YOU CAN KILL TWO BIRDS WITH ONE STONE, THAT'S A BIG DEAL. ONE STONE, THAT'S A BIG DEAL. >> Erielle: THAT'S A STIGMA >> Erielle: THAT'S A STIGMA ATTACHED TO THESE DRUGS USED FOR ATTACHED TO THESE DRUGS USED FOR WEIGHT LOSS. WEIGHT LOSS. WHY DO YOU THINK THAT IS? WHY DO YOU THINK THAT IS? >> Dr. Jen: IT'S WRONG. >> Dr. Jen: IT'S WRONG. IT SHOULDN'T ADDRESS WHETHER IT SHOULDN'T ADDRESS WHETHER IT'S TO TREAT ANY TYPE OF MENTAL IT'S TO TREAT ANY TYPE OF MENTAL ILLNESS OR OBESITY. ILLNESS OR OBESITY. NO DIFFERENT THAN TREATING NO DIFFERENT THAN TREATING DIABETES OR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. DIABETES OR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. IF THERE'S A MEDICAL WAY TO IF THERE'S A MEDICAL WAY TO MANAGE

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