A drug used by men to slow a receding hair line may also reduce their alcohol craving, a new study claims.
Researcher Michael S Irwig, assistant professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences found that men who used the medication finasteride (Propecia) and developed persistent sexual side effects, are also drinking less alcohol than before.
While robust literature exists on the interaction between finasteride and alcohol in rodents, this is the first study to examine the role of finasteride in alcohol consumption in humans with male pattern hair loss.
“Finasteride use leads to decreased concentrations of important hormones in the brain called neurosteroids. Because this is a preliminary report, further research is needed on the effects of finasteride in the human brain,” said Irwig.
“This is an important step towards better understanding the breadth of side effects in humans from the drug finasteride,” Irwig said.