Hangover-free alcohol is real, science says!
Imperial College Professor David Nutt created a spinoff of alcohol called "alcosynth," which gives you all the buzz you are looking for but takes away the dry mouth, nausea and headache that usually follows overindulgence, and it will be easier on the liver, reports the Independent. By 2050, Nutt says alcosynth could completely replace the regular stuff.
"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," Nutt explained. "They go very nicely into mojitos. They even go into something as clear as a Tom Collins. One is pretty tasteless, the other has a bitter taste."
Nutt and his team have patented roughly 90 different compounds for alcosynth so far. He said that, since, over the last 30 years, scientists have figured out exactly what goes on in the brain while drinking, it was only natural to progress from there by making booze healthy.
"We know where the good effects of alcohol are mediated in the brain, and can mimic them," Nutt explained. "And by not touching the bad areas, we don't have the bad effects… People want healthier drinks."
Nutt said that the alcohol industry makes too much money for anyone to allow this project to move quickly, but he's working on it. We can't verify whether or not the booze will taste as good as a fine scotch, but it certainly seems healthier.
It might also make you feel a different kind of buzzed than conventional booze might.
"We think the effects round out at about four or five 'drinks,' then the effect would max out," said the professor.
Over the long term, drinking a little too much can damage your liver, kill brain cells, raise blood pressure, cause intestinal and stomach ulcers, decrease sperm production and make you anemic, according to Survive, a website dedicated to preventing teens from driving while under the influence.
"We haven't tested it to destruction yet, but it's safer than drinking too much alcohol," Nutt said. "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."
See you later. We're going to go find this stuff and test it out.