Alcohol-induced headaches and nausea could finally be a thing of the past, thanks to the discovery of a new type of synthetic booze. Mmm, fake booze. As fun as that sounds, a professor from Imperial College London says he is well on his way to creating the healthier alcohol alternative known as "alcosynth."
Professor David Nutt told The Independent he has already patented 90 "alcosynth" compounds and is currently testing two of them for public use. If the development goes well, he aims to replace normal alcohol with his substitute 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. It might be a good few years before this invention gets to us, however.
"People want healthier drinks," Nutt added. "The drinks industry knows that by 2050 alcohol will be gone. They know that and have been planning for this for at least 10 years. But they don't want to rush into it, because they're making so much money from conventional alcohol."
The prospect of regular alcohol disappearing forever does sound far-fetched, however intriguing the idea of life without self-inflicted tiredness and dehydration might be. And while the professor has said his formula is top secret, this isn't the first time hangover-free alcohol has made headlines. In January, The Guardian reported a North Korean food manufacturer had amended its ginseng liquor recipe to improve the flavour and eliminate the chance of suffering the morning after.
"There are some high quality liquors made in North Korea, though in my experience there is no such thing as hangover-free booze anywhere in the world," Andray Abrahamian, a director of research from Singapore's Choson Exchange, told the Korean Central News Agency.
Guess by 2050, we'll know either way.
From: Esquire US