A synthetic alcohol seeks to extinguish hangovers
A synthetic alcohol that claims to be hangover free might see drinkers forgoing their morning after Pedialyte ritual in due time.
A drug scientist and professor from London’s Imperial College, David Nutt seeks to replace alcohol with the synthetic double, titled “Alcosynth.” Alcosynth mimics the happy go lucky emotional effects of alcohol, omitting the adverse bodily effects (headaches, nausea, and general bodily pain) that frequently succeed an evening out. The alcoholic alternative will not contain acetaldehyde, the ingredient in regular alcoholic beverages that induces a hangover.
Alcosynth’s impending arrival is the product of extended experimentation — Nutt and his research group have worked with 80 different substances over a ten-year period, restricting that number to five substances. Nutt and his team will collaboratively choose the substance that poses the least threat to brain function to the Food Standard Agency, the British version of the FDA.
Once approved by the FSA, Nutt will look to circulate Alcosynth around the UK bar circuit, aiming to have the substitute in 100 bars by 2020. Nutt notes his wish to completely replace alcohol with Alcosynth by 2050. The venture, however, will not be an inexpensive one. The precautionary safety assessments of Alcosynth arrive at an $11.8-million-dollar price tag.
“[Alcosynth] will be there alongside the scotch and the gin,” Nutt says, “they’ll [bartenders] dispense the alcosynth into your cocktail and then you’ll have the pleasure without damaging your liver and your heart.” Seeing that Alcosynth’s introduction and potential subversion of regular alcohol will be a process requiring several more years of preparation, partiers ought to keep the Advil by their bedsides, for now.
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