www.metro.co.uk/home/article.html?in_article_id=20792&in_page_id=1&ct=5 LSD can help alcoholics quit drink Monday, October 9, 2006 LSD may be better known as the trippy recreational drug of the 60s and 70s, but long lost medical trials reveal it could cure alcoholism. A trial 40 years ago, involving thousands of alcoholics, helped 60 per cent quit drinking. During the study, lasting more than ten years, participants were given just one dose and none reported any side effects. Unfortunately, by the time the researchers were ready to get the drug licensed, it had already started to get a reputation for abuse. But scientists at Harvard University are now planning to carry out new research with the drug. The original research was by British psychiatrist Humphrey Osmond – the first person to use the word psychedelic – and had been gathering dust in a Canadian university. Researcher Dr Erika Dyck said: 'I was amazed that this data had been just lying around for so long without being examined.' Osmond went to Canada in the 1950s after becoming disillusioned with the way British psychiatry was practised. He became head of a mental hospital and started his LSD experiments in 1953. Some of the patients received the drug, while a control group received standard psychological therapy. The LSD group received a massive 'hit' – up to 100 times more powerful than people using it for recreational purposes. The drug put patients into a state known as the DTs – Delerium Tremens. If alcoholics reach this state they start to shake and become very ill, prompting many to turn the corner and give up. Those in the trial reported suffering a milder version of the DTs which was followed by a desire to quit drinking.