A British scientist claims to have discovered a new synthetic alcohol that will let people enjoy a few pints without the usual hangover. If all the tests go as planned, this hangover-free booze could replace all the regular alcohol by 2050.
Alcohol-induced nausea and headaches due to the hangover are the most annoying after-effects of alcohol consumption. If the new claims are to be believed, hangovers will be a thing of the past. The most common question — how to cure a hangover — will cease to exist. A professor from Imperial college of London has officially created “Hangover-free booze.”
According to its creator, Professor David Nutt, the new drink, termed “Alcosynth,” mimics the effects of alcohol without any side effects. Alcosynth is believed to be non-toxic and to have no effect on the liver. It does not cause any of the hangover effects. So, people — no nausea, no throbbing headache, nothing.
The Imperial college professor had patented around 90 different alcosynth compounds. Currently, two of the compounds are being rigorously tested for mass usage and can potentially replace all alcohol by 2050.
Professor David Nutt said, “It will be there alongside the scotch and the gin, they’ll dispense the alcosynth into your cocktail and then you’ll have the pleasure without damaging your liver and your heart.”
“It will be there alongside the scotch and the gin, they’ll dispense the alcosynth into your cocktail and then you’ll have the pleasure without damaging your liver and your heart.”
The specific formula for the hangover-free booze remains a mystery. But it is thought to have been developed by studying the effects of alcohol on the brain. The response of our brain and the body to alcohol is well documented. The metabolism of alcohol and its effects on the nervous system are well studied.
“We know a lot about the brain science of alcohol; it’s become very well understood in the last 30 years,” professor David Mutt told the Independent. He further added, “So we know where the good effects of alcohol are mediated in the brain, and can mimic them. And by not touching the bad areas, we don’t have the bad effects.”
According to the professor, they have managed to limit the effects of artificial alcohol, “Alcosynth.” This means it is not possible to get drunk, ever — the maximum limits are five to six drinks after which the effects will plateau.
“We think the effects round out at about four or five ‘drinks’, then the effect would max out,” he said.
It is interesting to note that this is not the first time that an idea of hangover-free alcohol has surfaced. A North Korean food manufacturer, Taedonggang Foodstuff Factory, had developed Ginseng-based liquor which was free from the hangover.
Researcher Guy Bentley who works with Professor Nutt believes the Government should consider the new hangover free alcohol as a drug that reduces the ill-effects caused by alcohol. To draw a similarity, we can consider E-cigarettes that have been widely accepted as a substitute for the regular cigarettes.
According to Professor Nutt, who was sacked from his position of Government drug adviser in 2009 for making claims that ecstasy was less dangerous than riding a horse, people want healthier drinks, and that fact is well known to the drinks industry. The industry does not want to develop healthier drinks because they are making money.
It might seem that everyone would be excited about this artificial alcohol but it is no so. Neil Williams, from the British Beer and Pub Association, said alcosynth was not necessary.
“There are other ways of avoiding a hangover; we should all drink in moderation so we shouldn’t need to have a hangover anyway.”
While people across the world want to lay their hands on this magical potion, it may actually take a while before it is made available to the public.
A department of health spokesperson told the Independent, “It’s an interesting idea, but too much in its infancy at the moment for us to comment on.”
It seems by 2050 we might see the replacement of traditional alcohol by hangover-free booze, till then, happy hangover!
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