Man Invents Alcohol Alternative With No Bad Side Effects

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Professor David Nutt spent 2 years developing a molecular compound called Alcarelle that could replace the ingredients of alcohol that would give you all the best parts of alcohol, without the side effects.

Apparently, ethanol is the base ingredient of most alcoholic drinks. Eeek, isn't that in our gasoline? But Nutt has created Alcarelle to replace it. He claims you get the fun stuff from booze, like:

  • lowering of inhibitions to socialize
  • relaxation
  • a buzz

But the professor says his concoction doesn't have:

  • health problems
  • no loss of control
  • and the best, no hangovers!

“On the very first day at medical school, I was confronted with the complications of alcohol,” Nutt told, “and I’ve spent my working life as a psychiatrist and addiction expert trying to help work out how to stop people drinking, stop people having withdrawal, stop people craving alcohol – but it’s very difficult to do, because alcohol is a very clever thing, a very promiscuous drug.” In pharmacological terms, “promiscuous” means a drug that binds to many different molecular targets or receptors in the body, and so tends to have a wide range of effects and possibly adverse reactions."

He went on to tell them: “We’ve developed the compound so that no matter how much Alcarelle you have in a drink, you won’t get wasted, just tipsy. It’s like having two or so glasses of wine. It’s also a small molecule so you don’t need much of it to feel the effect when it’s mixed into a drink, and it clears from your body within hours and it doesn’t metabolise in the liver like alcohol. Hence, the lack of side-effects.”

Right now, regulations don't allow people like Nutt to test by letting people ingest a newly created molecule to see what happens. But they have started getting funding and are working on getting approval to move it to market.

Some have said it could be available to drink makers within 5 years if all goes well.

“The savings in terms of the health service, policing, and then people’s general mental health and physical wellbeing – normalising a synthetic alcohol could make a difference to the huge, huge issue alcohol poses in society. If we put the same effort into solving the alcohol problem as we put into making Covid vaccines, this would be on the market within a year,” he said. 

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