The days of groggy mornings filled with headaches and regret could soon be over.
According to professor David Nutt of Imperial College in the U.K., a new chemical compound called “alcosynth” has been developed and patented. Nutt created the new product and says it is designed to mimic the positive effects of alcohol without the side effects of dry mouth, nausea, or headaches.
Nutt told The Independent that he has patented over 90 different versions of Alcosynth compound, and two of them are being tested for widespread use. He envisions a future where regular alcohol is replaced entirely by 2050.
“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.
“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.”
Nutt says that by researching exactly which parts of the brain are effected by alcohol, he can design a compound that only stimulates the positive effects and ignores the negative ones.
“We know a lot about the brain science of alcohol; it’s become very well understood in the last 30 years,” said Professor Nutt. “So 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 also claims that alcosynth is safer than traditional booze, as it can be created to have a “ceiling.”
“We think the effects round out at about four or five ‘drinks’, then the effect would max out,” he said.
There are still a ton of legal roadblocks to work through before alcosynth could be sold to regular consumers. But the days of calling in sick to work because you had a few too many the night before could be coming to an end.