Throbbing heads. Dry mouths. Heaving stomachs. Sounds like the aftermath of our Christmas party. The truth is, anyone who’s enjoyed a drink, or perhaps more than one drink, will have felt the effects of a hangover. But what if you could enjoy a pint without the pain?
Scientists at Imperial College, London believe that’s possible. Alcosynth, an alcohol substitute, has been designed to mimic the positive effects of alcohol while avoiding the areas of the brain that trigger the hangover. The effects last a couple of hours, just like regular alcohol, while a second compound, Chaperone, can be used to moderate the effects of Alcosynth and even allow drinkers to sober up quickly at the end of the night.
Of course, it’s not just about having a good time without the payback. Alcosynth, it is claimed, can help to avoid the spectrum of health problems brought about by long-term drinking. The makers believe the substance could replace regular alcohol by 2050. Just time for one more before closing.