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A UK doctor is developing a "hangover-free" synthetic alcohol

Alcosynth could prevent you from wasted Sundays

  • Valerie Lee
  • 28 November 2017

Every partygoer is all too familiar with the Sunday morning headache, the kind that leaves you stuck in bed with nothing but our Spotify comedown playlist to soothe you.

A London Imperial College scientist and professor named David Nutt is aiming to eliminate that woeful experience with an experimental alcohol synthetic called "Alcosynth". The new drink eliminates acetaldehyde, the ingredient in regular alcohols that induce hangover effects like headaches and nausea, while recreating the same pleasant emotional experiences of being drunk.

Over 10 years, Nutt has been researching and testing over 80 different substances and have finally narrowed it down to five. He and his research team are working closely with Britain's Food Standard Agency to find the final "Alcosynth" product that poses the least threat to brain functions.

“[Alcosynth] will be there alongside the scotch and the gin,” Nutt projects, “[Bartenders will] dispense the Alcosynth into your cocktail and then you’ll have the pleasure without damaging your liver and your heart.” Once approved by the Food Standard Agency, Nutt's team will have to raise $11.8 million for safety assessments. They hope to begin introducing Alcosynth to bars around the UK with the goal of infiltrating 100 establishments by 2020.

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