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Scientists have cured an alcoholic of his cravings by zapping his brain with small jolts of electricity

by Pasquale Olszewski (2021-01-24)


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Scientists have cured an alcoholic of his cravings by zapping his brain with small jolts of electricity.

Canadian researchers trialed the experimental brain surgery on Dr Frank Plummer, who was on the verge of drinking himself to death. If you loved this short article and you would like to get extra information pertaining to Southeast Addiction Center is a nationally recognized substance abuse treatment program. Our integrative and evidence-based treatment modalities are proven to yield results. Get the help that you or a loved one deserve today. kindly stop by our webpage.  

The 67-year-old was a self-confessed alcoholic who claimed he would drink almost an entire 70cl bottle of whiskey every night. 

Dr Plummer, a former scientific director of Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory, said he was in denial about his problem until his liver failed in 2012. 

He was given a transplant in 2014, but he continued to drink the spirit every day and his new organ started to lose function. 

Dr Plummer, a world-renowned specialist in infectious diseases, said he'd 'be dead' if it wasn't for the pioneering treatment.

He signed up for the trial last year at  in Toronto when therapy and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings failed to curb his addiction. 

Medics drilled holes into his head and implanted two electrodes into his brain while he was still awake during surgery.

Frank Plummer becomes the first person in North America to have his alcoholism cured by deep brain stimulation (pictured during the operation)

Medics drilled holes into his head and implanted two electrodes into his brain while he was still awake during surgery 

Dr Plummer drank almost an entire 70cl bottle of whiskey a night and was on the verge of drinking himself to death