Remember the good old days where you could drink as much as you wanted and still wake up feeling fresh as a daisy the next morning? We’re talking the youthful years where a couple of glasses of wine or a gin and tonic wouldn’t lead to a dreaded headache and an entire day of swearing off alcohol once and for all. Well, it looks like we could have them back – and permanently this time.
It has been revealed that a new type of alcohol which has the same power to make you feel tipsy as ordinary alcohol but doesn’t give you a hangover, is finally on its way. And before you say it – no, it isn’t too good to be true.
Following several years of research conducted by the government, it has been announced that the new synthetic alcohol will be available in just five years time.
The artificial drink named Alcarelle promises to ‘imitate the aspects of alcohol that we all want – sociability, relaxation, fun – but without those horrible harmful effects that cause so much damage to our health.’
And if that wasn’t good enough, researchers have also insisted that the alcohol would also prevent other side affects of drinking such as aggressive behaviour and the feeling of being ‘out of control.’ Sounds like a dream, right? Except it isn’t.
Speaking to The Guardian, Professor David Nutt, a former government advisor who led the Alcarelle research project but was fired after making controversial comments about drugs and alcohol, said: ‘We know where in the brain alcohol has its ‘good’ effects and ‘bad’ effects, and what particular receptors mediate that – Gaba, glutamate, and other ones such as serotonin and dopamine.’
He continued: ‘The effects of alcohol are complicated but… you can target the parts of the brain you want to target.’
In the next five years, Alcarelle will undergo a number of tests to ensure it is safe before becoming available to the public. ‘We need to show that it’s different from alcohol. We will demonstrate that it doesn’t produce toxicity like alcohol does,” Nutt explained to the newspaper. ‘And of course we don’t want hangovers. We have to show it doesn’t have the bad effects of alcohol.’