Booze without Hangover - Now It's Getting Real
February 14th, 2015
Categories : Blog
Like getting drunk but hate the hangover? Well, a UK scientist has just got one step closer to making hangovers, and the damage that go with them, a thing of the past.
You may or may not remember, but a few months back, we covered a story outlining how scientists are moving ever closer to creating hangover free alcohol. Well, this dream is becoming ever more realised. Professor David Nutt, the famous drug tsar and former advisor to the UK government who called for the decriminalisation of cannabis, and told the government that riding a horse is more dangerous than taking ecstasy, has created both a drug and a synthetic alcohol that he thinks will make hangovers a thing of the past.
Sure, this is not quite the ‘natural’ hangover free alcohol that we would one day like to see, but it is certainly a very significant step in the right direction!
First, let’s look at the drug. Named “chaperone”, this pill is taken with alcohol, and apparently prevents the user from becoming drunk to the point of incapacitation, irrelevant of how much is drunk. For some, this will be quite a turn-off, as it is not so much removing the hangover from the experience, but preventing the experience from escalating to the point where you will really suffer the next morning – potentially reducing the fun of the night. However, binge drinking is never a good thing, and for those worried about their health, this drug has a lot of potential!
There is also a worry that the drug will be abused, giving people a reason to drink with abandon, or lose track of how much they have had. It is unclear how much damage the drug can prevent, and if it is only the symptoms of damage that are removed from the equation. As such, the pill is expected to be quite expensive, and only stocked in a few high end cocktail bars to begin with – where its price will not really be a concern. By doing this, it is hoped the drug will be used more as a ‘sober up’ pill, instead of a free ticket to drink as much as you want
The second, and possibly more interesting creation is called “Alcosynth”. Although not technically alcohol, alcosynth is a liquid that mimics the effects of alcohol very closely, but without the toxicity, aggression, loss of control or hangover usually associated with it. This has, once again, not been created in order to enable more drinking, but to offer a safer alternative, and hopefully reduce potential for abuse and harm (to both the self and society).
This new synthetic alcohol could end up replacing all the alcohol within drinks, still allowing for beer and spirit flavourings, without the danger. Whether this will be popular is still yet to be determined, it is likely to come down to how diehard people are about their booze – for example, wine and whisky connoisseurs are unlike to welcome the change, but then, they don’t drink to get drunk. It is all going to depend on your goal.
The synthetic itself is a derivative of benzodiazepine, but without its addictive nature or withdrawal symptoms.
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Whether you are personally likely to use either of these hangover free alcohol alternatives or not, this step forward in alcohol related science is sorely need. According to the World Health Organization, alcohol accounts for 3.3 million deaths each year across the globe, making it one of the most harmful drugs known to man in terms of damage to society. A safe alternative, that still gets you ‘drunk’ could potentially save millions of lives whilst still maintaining an industry (albeit one that will have to make a transition). It is still early days, but things are looking positive, it may not be long before you start seeing ‘alcosynth’ based drinks appearing at bars near you!