Finish that beer and crack open another one! A professor from Imperial College London claims he can create a drug to save us from the dreaded hangover. This reported ‘God amongst men’ is Professor David Nutt, who has been working on two wonder drugs. The first is “alcosynth,” which is a drink that mimics alcohol, but reportedly “removes the risks of hangovers, liver toxicity, aggression and loss of control.” The second invention is the Holy Grail for drinkers; it’s a pill that, when swallowed, could help people quickly sober up thus reducing drink-driving accidents and, naturally, hangovers.
Before we start planning a crazy weekend, let’s lay out the facts. First off, Professor Nutt was previously fired by the British government as a drugs adviser for stating that “horse riding is more dangerous than ecstasy.”
Secondly, his planned pills are a derivative of benzodiazepine, which is the main ingredient in Valium, but the magic hangover medicine supposedly comes without any withdrawal symptoms or chance of addiction.
A third and pretty darn important aspect to consider is where the drugs would be sold. Nutt’s plan involves making the drugs available, at first, only in high-end cocktail bars. The hangover pill would be “marketed as a companion to a regular tipple and relatively cheap to buy.”
While that may seem incredibly irresponsible, alcohol consumption (especially in the UK) has a major impact on crime, health and economic productivity. “If alcohol was treated as a toxic compound in the same manner as benzene or other lethal chemicals, the maximum amount you would be permitted to consume would be one wine glass a year,” says Nutt. “But it is exempt from toxic control measures because we like to drink.” Good point.
Nutt claims that his alcosynth could mimic the sensation of alcohol without the health risks. As such, he has applied for patents on 85 new chemical compounds in the alcosynth and chaperone families, which would be licensed to DrugsScience and the Beckley Foundation, both independent organisations dedicated to research on drugs and drugs policy research.
If all goes according to the plan, alcosynths will be available on the British market within three and five years, once extensive tests have been performed. Until then, remember to drink sensibly.