Is Selcincro an Option to Abstinence to Alcohol

The founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, Bill Wilson wrote his famous book over 70 years ago describing his utter powerlessness when it cam to alcohol.  His confession about hitting rock bottom and changing his life have of course helped millions over the years gain freedom from alcohol by abstention.

Now ever since that time, the vast majority of experts and medical advisers have always followed this route when dealing with people with alcohol problems.  Anyone with any sort of issue with alcohol is advised to completely give up and never touch a drop again.   It’s the de-facto advice you’ll get from virtually everyone in the medical profession but the sad thing is that often  it simply doesn’t work.

It is of course a binary solution, you either fail or succeed, there’s no middle ground, no room for improvement or partial measures.  For every person who comes through the famous seven steps and leads a life of sobriety there’s probably many more who just give up completely.

However now addition specialists are beginning to think that this approach may not be correct.   In the US and Los Angeles imparticularly  many addition experts and physicians are suggesting that another route is not only just popular but perhaps more suitable for dealing with alcohol problems.

The way we treat and handle alcoholism is being changed by a variety of developments but one centers around a process called the Sinclair Method which aims to help drinkers drastically reduce rather than abstain from alcohol.  The method works in tandem with a drug called Selincro which you can read about here.

The drug is taken by an individual at least an hour before any drink and the idea is that it reduces the pleasure that each drink provides.   It contains the active ingredient Nalmefene which is designed to reduce the endorphins which are released when people drink.  The idea is that the brain begins to dis-associate the pleasure/reward with continued drinking.  The results and trials have been impressive, the average success rate is somewhere above 80% and the average reduction is about 62% in the fall in alcohol consumption.

The impressive thing is that it changes the focus from a titanic all or nothing battle with alcohol which unfortunately many people lose into one were you can gradually reduce their alcohol consumption.

The drawbacks are that although you can continue to drink using Selincro, you must take a single tablet before you drink in any 12 hour period.  That rule is for ever and without exception which obviously can be expensive unless you can get the drug on some sort of prescription.

John Collins

Los Angeles Launches World Cup Bid

Well it could be true, and for soccer fans it’s pretty exciting – the World Cup might be coming to Los Angeles.   Compared to much of North America we soccer fans do pretty well, but shortly we might have a chance to watch the best players in the world in our own stadiums.

Of course, we do get to see these players but usually when they’re semi-retired and looking for that last big pay cheque.  Or we have to watch on TV, I personally have invested in a VPN such as this to watch Match of the Day online, the Premiership soccer show broadcast by the BBC.

The latest development in LA’s bid to become a host for 2026 moved ahead last Tuesday following the city council decision to permit a private group to try and secure the international sporting event on behalf of many Southern California cities.   The hope is that LA World Cup 2026 will become a reality and many factions are behind this bid.   The Host Committee has set up a  Limited liability company to support the bid and the group comprises the LA Football Club.  They combined will bid on behalf of Inglewood, Pasadena and LA, a movement that eases the financial responsibility the setting of events, according to town officials.

There is an expectation that this is going to be a rousing success, called City Councilman Paul Koretz, who voted to back the bid. I do not see the threat from any other of the bidding organisations at all.

Previously this month, the L.A. City Council balked at the contract put ahead from the United Bid Committee, the 3 country group is cooperatively seeking to host the World Cup in North America. That proposal would have required the town of L.A. To pay for services such as police, even when games were stored in Pasadena. Los Angeles, that is among 25 U.S. Cities which may be host sites for the World Cup, it is likely to become the main contender for the championship game. Last software to host the World Cup are expected in March, and FIFA, the regulating body of international football, will select the winner in June.

Whether this happens or not we will have to wait and see.  From coverage in other nations press and media it seems that the LA bid is being taken seriously, it was recently covered by the British media which I access and stream UK TV abroad using the VPN mentioned above.

The football federations of the U.S., Mexico and Canada combined forces to present a combined bid. Morocco, that has submitted its bid, is the only contest. Separately, the council agreed Tuesday to approve a contract between LA Airports of the world and the U.S. Soccer Federation linked to the marketing of games and enticing visitors to the airport. The contract was accepted despite concerns from some lawmakers within a lack of legal protection for the city and the airport.