Many people won’t say no to a drink or four if it wasn’t for the lousy hangover that follows the next day. While a night of letting loose sounds fun, it usually isn’t worth the physical punishment your body – particularly your head – endures the following morning.
A British researcher may have discovered an alternative that’s downside-free (minus the other health risks associated to alcohol).
David Nutt, a professor at Imperial College in London and former drugs advisor to the British government, says his discovery of a non-toxic, synthetic alcohol – ‘alcosynth’ – could completely replace the alcoholic versions on shelves by 2050. The synthetic beverage is said to give the drinker the same feeling of being drunk, minus the negative side effects.
Alcosynth is said to affect the brain the same way alcohol does, but doesn’t lead to mouth dryness, nausea, headaches, or other long lasting health issues.
“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,” says Nutt, who’s testing two types of alcosynth for public use.
If alcosynth truly becomes a permanent replacement for alcohol, it’ll save public health services substantial sums from alcohol-related issues. The cost of excessive alcohol use in the U.S. peaked at $223.5 billion in 2006, according to the CDC.