A new type of synthetic alcohol has been discovered that could allow people to enjoy a few pints sociable effects, but avoid the hangover that usually follows.
The new drink, known as ‘alcosynth’, is designed to mimic the positive effects of alcohol but does not cause dry mouth, nausea and a throbbing head, according to its creator Professor David Nutt.
Professor of Imperial College and former government adviser said drug The Independent has patented alcosynth about 90 different compounds.
Two of them are now being rigorously tested for widespread use, he said – and by 2050, he expects alcosynth could completely replace the normal spirit
“It will be there along with whiskey and gin, will dispense the alcosynth in your cocktail and then have the pleasure without damaging the liver and heart,” he said.
“They are doing very well in mojitos. They even go into something as clear as a Tom Collins. One of them is pretty tasteless, the other has a bitter taste.”
In the investigation of substances that work in the brain in a manner similar to alcohol, Professor Nutt and his team have been able to design a drug that say it is not toxic and replicates the positive effects of alcohol.
“We know a lot about brain science alcohol; It has become well understood in the last 30 years,” Professor Nutt said.
“So we know where the good effects of alcohol are mediated in the brain, and can imitate them. And do not touch the bad areas, have no ill effects.”
alcosynth advocates believe could revolutionize public health by relieving the burden of alcohol on the health service.
According to Alcohol Concern, the drink is the third largest risk factor for disease and death in the UK, after smoking and obesity.
“People want the healthiest drink,” Professor Nutt said. “The beverage industry knows that in 2050 alcohol will be gone.”
“They know this and have been planning this for at least 10 years. But they do not want to rush into it because they are making so much money from conventional alcohol.”
Early experiments in alcosynth, such as those reported by BBC Horizon in 2011, using a derivative of benzodiazepine -. The same class of drugs as Valium
Mr. Nutt said its new drinks not containing benzodiazepine, and patented formulas would remain a closely guarded secret.
However, the huge cost of financing drug research and regulatory concerns means it could be a long time before people can order a cocktail alcosynth at your local pub.
Professor Nutt, who was fired from his position as the tsar drugs government in 2009 after he claimed taking ecstasy was less dangerous than riding a horse, said he was not sure whether the use of synthetic alcohol would be restricted by new psychoactive substances Act, which came into force in May.
“It’s an interesting idea, but too much in its infancy at the time for us to comment on,” a Health Department spokesman said The Independent .
“I do not think that would give her the money until it was a little later,” the spokesman said. “If [Professor Nutt] were to apply for funding, it would go through the process of everything else and would be judged on its merits.”
“It would be great for producing better efficiency of the workforce if anyone had a hangover,” they added.
According to Professor Nutt, alcosynth effects last about two hours -. The same as the traditional alcohol
He said he and his team have also managed to limit the effects of drinking a lot of alcosynth, so in theory it would be impossible to ever feel too ‘drunk’.
“We believe that the effects complete the four or five drinks ” then the effect would max out,” he said.
“We have not tested to destruction yet, but is safer than drinking too much alcohol. With smart pharmacology, you can limit and put a cap on the effects, so you can never get as sick or kill you same, unlike with the consumption of a lot of vodka. “
Investigator individual Bentley worked with Professor Nutt in a new report by the group of experts liberal Adam Smith Institute in alcosynth regulation.
Mr. Bentley said he hoped to convince the government to accept the drug as a way to reduce the harm caused by alcohol.
“[The report] is trying to provoke what happened with e-cigarettes and snuff, but with alcohol,” he said. “Professor Nutt has been experiencing this for a long time, but I told myself. – Free-hangover wanted my drink ‘Where is he?'”
However, not everyone was so keen on the new discovery.
Neil Williams from the British Beer and Pub Association, said alcosynth was not necessary because “there are other ways to avoid a hangover.”
“There are plenty of low resistance beverages, including beer,” he said, “We all drink in moderation so we should not need to have a hangover anyway.”
“I would like to know more about it before I tried it myself,” he said.
Courtesy: The Independent