Every culture has its owns legends about the best way to beat a hangover. In Russia, the cure-all is pickle juice; in Japan, it’s miso soup and raw egg; in Mexico, it’s a seafood cocktail salad called vuelve à la vida. And for Anthony Bourdain—the master of his own domain—the secret lies in spicy food and marijuana.
While there may never be a true consensus on the best way to conquer a migraine on a Sunday morning, in the not-so distant future it might not even be necessary. David Nutt, a professor at London’s Imperial College, has reportedly invented a substance called “alcosynth,” a synthetic alcohol that gives you all the drunkenness that you love, without any of damage to your liver. Oh, and the best part? There’s supposedly no headache the next morning.
According to the Independent, Nutt has patented over 90 alcosynth compounds, and two of them are currently being “rigorously” tested for widespread consumption. As far as Nutt’s considered, widespread use is exactly where his invention is headed.
“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 told the Independent. “They go very nicely into mojitos. They even go into something as clear as a Tom Collins. One is pretty tasteless, the other has a bitter taste."
“We know a lot about the brain science of alcohol; it's become very well understood in the last 30 years,” he said. “So we know where the good effects of alcohol are mediated in the brain, and can mimic them. And by not touching the bad areas, we don't have the bad effects.”
The professor also says that his concoction has a kill-switch, of sorts. He claims that the alcoholic effects of the compound only work for the first five drinks or so, after which you’ll stop getting wasted.
You may have heard Professor Nutt's name before. He made headlines in 2009 when he was fired from his job as drug tsar for claiming that taking ecstasy was less dangerous than riding a horse. Plus Lil B follows him on Twitter.
Even if he can't get his “alcosynth” in stores anytime soon, at least Nutt hasn't changed his stance on harm-reduction. From boozing to horse-riding, the guy just doesn't want to see you get hurt. Still, maybe take all of this with a grain of salt.