Smartphone App Spots Alcohol Withdrawal Fakers, University of Toronto Study

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Benzodiazepines are addictive drugs, but they are often used to help recover from other addictions, including managing of tremors and other symptoms caused by withdrawal from alcohol. Addicts that enjoy their benzodiazepines will often fake symptoms of quitting alcohol cold turkey just to get a script for the drug. Experienced physicians have gotten savvy at spotting fakers, but they can’t always tell a real tremor from a fake one. Now a new smarphone app developed by researchers at the University of Toronto aims to take the guesswork out of this and help objectively identify real tremors from fake ones.

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