It’s Sunday today, and no doubt many people will be reading this through squinted eyes because the screen is to bright, the telly is too loud, and the thought of eating is making you do a bit of sick in your mouth. Nobody likes a hangover.
Facebook will be full of ‘I’m never drinking again’ and ‘I need a KFC to sort me out’ statuses today. Probably your same mates that wrote it last week. We are creatures of habit that never seem to learn.
But now that may be about to change thanks to David Nutt, a neuropsychopharmacology (you can’t spell that with a hangover) professor at the Imperial College London, who is working on two wonder drugs that could complete eradicate hangovers.
Chaperone reduces the affects of alcohol, meaning you sober up when you take it. Apparently it could even reduce the risk of drink driving. Not sure that is a good idea, though. Professor Nutt says that it wold have to be expensive, so that it doesn’t get abused.
The second one could be a gamechanger. Alscosynth, called so because it is essentially synthetic alcohol. A drink that mimics the feeling drunk. Only it doesn’t have any of the negative side effects, like hangovers, lack of motor skills, and generally making a tit of yourself. It replaces alcohol, so there would need to be a huge cultural change, and I can’t see many breweries being happy about it. But as a consumer it definitely seems like it could be the way forward.
Professor Nutt said:
It targets the parts of the brain that give the good effects of alcohol, but not those that give the bad effects.
This is a good part of the brain to aim for.
These options won’t be around for a while, as Nutt has applied for them to be licensed, but with the cost of human trialing reaching £1million, he needs a backer, which as of yet, he doesn’t have.
So you might want to stock up on Mars bars and Lucozade.