Ever wish you could go out, get as drunk as you want, and not have to deal with a hangover the next morning? Well, pretty soon you’ll be able to, all thanks to alcosynth. The new synthetic alcohol is being developed by a British professor who claims that it will still get you drunk, but won’t leave you with a dry mouth or headache the next morning.
Professor David Nutt, who studies neuropsychopharmacology, has already developed several prototypes of the drink and has two that are currently being tested for use in the near future. He compares them to scotch and gin and told The Independent that they have no negative effects on your liver and won’t leave you feeling crummy the next morning.
There’s no date yet for when we can expect alcosynth to become available for public consumption, but Nutt hopes that it will have replaced all alcohol by 2050 – a bold claim, no doubt, but one that might just become a reality once people see the benefits of his invention.
“We know where the good effects of alcohol are mediated in the brain, and we can mimic them. And by not touching the bad areas, we don’t have the bad effects,” said Nutt. “We haven’t tested it to destruction yet, but it’s safer than drinking too much alcohol. With clever pharmacology, you can limit and put a ceiling on the effects, so you can’t ever get as ill or kill yourself, unlike with drinking a lot of vodka.”
It will probably be some time before we actually get to try out alcosynth for ourselves, but we’re certainly intrigued and excited by the idea. Let’s just hope that Nutt actually gets to bring his product to market – after all, he’s going to have a tough time going up against some of the giants of the alcohol industry, who are surely not too pleased with his invention.