Rejoice: Alcohol without hangovers is (almost) here

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Brilliant scientist David Nutt is well on his way to finding alcohol substitutes that do not cause hangovers. Nutt is a professor of neuropsychopharmacology and director of the Neuropsychopharmacology Unit at Imperial College in London, and he is creating the holy grail.

Nutt wrote in an article in The Guardian, that he has identified five substances that work on the brain’s neurotransmitters like alcohol. He said, “we can make an alcohol surrogate that makes people feel relaxed and sociable and remove the unwanted effects, such as aggression and addictiveness.”

The best part about these compounds is that their effects can be reversed with an antidote. So hypothetically, you can get wasted on these compounds, drink a little of the magic reversing potion, and be completely back to normal. Nutt’s even tried it out himself.

He said, “I have sampled both new forms. After exploring one possible compound I was quite relaxed and sleepily inebriated for an hour or so, then within minutes of taking the antidote I was up giving a lecture with no impairment whatsoever.”

No hangovers and the ability to be un-drunk whenever you want to be? Sounds like Nutt is doing God’s work. He says he’s working on delivery methods, focusing on a range of flavors to put into psuedo-cocktails.

He says they plan on testing them and bringing them to the masses in a similar fashion to e-cigarettes. “All that is needed now is funding to test and put them on the market. A few contacts within the alcohol industry suggest they are interested but do not need to engage until this new invention becomes a threat to their sales.”

So you’ve heard him, people of the world. The man needs funding and human guinea pigs. Let’s see if we can make this a reality.

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