Researchers are launching a new trial to look into whether low doses of party drug ketamine can be used to treat alcoholics.

The new study is recruiting volunteers to test whether low doses of ketamine help make psychological therapy more effective and prevent alcoholics from relapsing.

A pilot study previously found that giving people doses of the drug as well as psychological therapy saw average 12-month relapse rates drop from 76% to 34%.

Severe alcohol use affects nearly four million people in the UK.

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