The number of prescriptions for medication to deal with alcohol abuse in the U.K. has risen over the last few years but the number of people with symptoms of alcohol dependency has fallen. A total of 150,445 prescriptions for Acamprosate Calcium and Disulfiram were dispensed in 2009, up 12% from the year before. 95,000 prescriptions were written for Acamprosate Calcium which helps restore the brain's chemical balance to reduce people's withdrawal symptoms. 55,500 prescriptions were written for Disulfiram which causes a severe and unpleasant reaction in people when they drink alcohol. Together the prescriptions of the two drugs cost £2.38m. However, the number of people with symptoms of alcohol dependency fell from 11.5% of men in 2000 to 9.3% of men in 2007. The percentage of women with alcohol-dependency problems was steady over the same time at 4%.
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