Alcohol consumption may reach an all-time high at the end of the year, with dinner parties, family gatherings, and work functions fueling the seemingly never-ending holiday bender. But rather than suffer through the headaches, dehydration, and nausea associated with alcohol withdrawal, neuropsychopharmacology professor David Nutt of Imperial College wants to remove the hangover from the partying equation altogether.
Nutt, who formerly worked as a drug advisor for the British government, has been developing a compound called Alcosynth, which reportedly mimics the positive mental effects of drinking without the nasty side effects, reports The Independent. In other words, Alcosynth is essentially hangover-free alcohol—a designation coined by the British news outlet. "[Alcosynth] 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," said Nutt to The Independent. "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 maintains that Alcosynth will replace alcohol entirely by the year 2050, claiming it's a healthier, safer, less-risky alternative to regular alcohol. While we're completely on board with the idea of hangover-free alcohol, much more research must be conducted on the synthetic alcohol replacement before it becomes a staple at your neighborhood bar—a costly, time-consuming process. It's also worth bearing in mind that Professor Nutt was fired from his job as a drug advisor, after claiming that taking ecstasy was less dangerous than riding a horse. To each their own.
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