What is Disulfiram?

In 1948, a group of Danish researchers found, by accident, a new use for a chemical that had been first discovered not too long before. The scientists stumbled upon the anti-alcohol effects of a substance called disulfiram. Since then, disulfiram has been used as a sort of treatment, alongside counseling, for chronic alcoholism.

Disulfiram, commonly sold under the names Antabuse and Antabus, causes the body to react to alcohol consumption differently than it normally would. The drug blocks the enzyme that breaks down partially-metabolized alcohol, causing it to stay in a form that does not work well with the rest of a person’s body.

The result is individuals who are on disulfiram and later go on to consume alcohol experience acute hangover symptoms almost immediately. This includes headaches, nausea, confusion, and vomiting. These symptoms can present themselves from any form of ingested alcohol, even cooking alcohol.

drug causes hangover symptomsSometimes, disulfiram treatments are imposed on individuals who have several DUI convictions. Forcing an individual to take a drug as a punishment is ethically questionable, but if you are in a situation where you could be obligated to take this drug, a lawyer can help you fight the charges against you or have the punishments altered.

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