Medicine: Accidental Help for Alcoholics

Because his wife had a common vaginal disorder, a Los Angeles man accidentally found noticeable relief from his alcoholism.

This curious medical coincidence was noted by Endocrinologist Dr. Jo Ann Taylor, who had prescribed metronidazole (trade name Flagyl) for a woman suffering from trichomonas vaginalis. The infection causes an unpleasant itching or burning of the vaginal canal, and because it can be contracted and retransmitted through sexual intercourse, Dr. Taylor put her patient's husband on Flagyl too. And that was how she discovered the drug may be far more than a potent trichamonacide.


Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!