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How can benzodiazepines help treat alcohol abuse?

Howard J. Shaffer, PhD
Addiction Medicine
Benzodiazepines, sometimes called minor tranquilizers or anti-anxiety medications, produce an effect in the brain similar to that of alcohol; consequently, benzodiazepines can help ease withdrawal symptoms among people who are physically dependent on alcohol. Commonly used examples include chlordiazepoxide (Librium) and diazepam (Valium).

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