Imagine being able to enjoy a few drinks without the day-destroying effects the following morning. A new synthetic booze, which is currently in development, may make that fantasy a reality.
It’s called alcosynth, and it was developed by Professor David Nutt and his team at Imperial College in London, England. Leave it to those Brits to create an alcohol that delivers the positive effects—feeling relaxed, happy, goofy—without the hangover part.
“We know where the good effects of alcohol are mediated in the brain, and can mimic them. And by not touching the bad areas, we don’t have the bad effects,” Nutt told The Independent.
Right now, there are two types of the synthetic stuff that are being tested, though Nutt has patented over 90 versions. They can be mixed into pretty much any cocktail, though beer and wine drinkers may have to wait a bit longer—at least, if they don’t want to ruin the taste of their drink. “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,” said Nutt.
Also, with the way alcosynth is being formulated, people won’t be able to drink themselves to the point of stumbling over or blacking out. According to Nutt, there’s a “cap,” so to speak, and the max someone would feel is about the equivalent of four or five alcoholic drinks, regardless of how much of the stuff they ingest.
While it’s still decades before this magical (albeit slightly odd) sounding liquid is approved for consumer use—the research team is looking ahead to 2050—Nutt sees it fitting in on the bar rail, just like any other bottle. “It 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,” he said.
We’ll have to wait and see how it’s developed and received (by the public and the regulating powers), but this appears to be news worth toasting to. Here’s to a hangover-free future.