Synthetic Alcohol That Gets You Drunk Without A Hangover 'Could Be Ready Within Five Years'
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If you, like me, are one of those people who could get a hangover from merely walking past a pub, this will be music to your ears.
Imagine never having to weigh up whether it would be worth going out on those nights that you know are guaranteed to result in a raging hangover. After all, we've all reluctantly opted to give it a miss and get tucked up in bed to stay fresh for work the following day - and subsequently suffered from major FOMO.
Well, fear no more - the product you've been waiting for is currently closer than ever before to being sold in bars and clubs after several years of research, and it's called Alcarelle. This magic potion means that you will feel the effects of being drunk (otherwise known as living your best life) without any side effects, whether in the form of a banging headache or sickness.
According to the MailOnline, Alcarelle - based on a molecule called 'alcosynth', which sounds dangerous and fun - will make it impossible to end up out of control or hungover.
Also, it won't have the same toxic affects that come with alcohol - is this a win-win-win situation we've got on our hands? Drunk, no hangover, sweet liver...
Here's the bad news, though: it's likely to be a few years before it becomes available to the public as it still needs to be regulated. This process usually takes around three years, but according to the Guardian, the team behind Alcarelle expect it to take longer due to its 'unique functional properties'. Talk about dangling the carrot...
Professor David Nutt, a neuropsychopharmacologist at Imperial College London, led the work on alcosynth.
He told the Guardian: "There will obviously be testing to check the molecule is safe. And we need to show that it's different from alcohol. We will demonstrate that it doesn't produce toxicity like alcohol does."
So, how does all of this possibly work then? Well, alcohol binds to all certain receptors in the brain but Professor Nutt figured out which ones can be targeted to give you a tipsy feeling without the side effects.
If he pulls this off, we owe this guy a lot.
According to the Mail, the synthetic alcohol has a cap so that it's physically impossible to get out of control, and after 45 minutes the feelings wear off so that you can continue your day without a dry mouth, headache or nausea.
Did I hear someone say lunchtime drinks?
Jonny Forsyth, a global drinks analyst, reckons the groundbreaking product will appeal to health conscious young consumers.
He told the Guardian: "It's much cooler to be healthy, but it's also about control. They don't want to end up on Instagram looking drunk; their manager might see that. Something that would automatically control their drinking would be very appealing."
Hmm, some of us aren't bothered about what we look like at the time - it's all about the day after.