Drunk without alcohol pill? Professor David Nutt, a British psychiatrist and neuropsychopharmacologist, seeks to reproduce the effects of alcohol without creating a hangover. The so-called “drunk without alcohol pill” will eliminate the risks to health that alcohol causes as well as decrease alcohol addiction, according to a report from The Telegraph on Nov. 11. This “significant revolution in the field of health” is being promoted by Nutt, and he claims the “drunk without alcohol pill” will have an effect on alcohol consumption similar to what the electronic cigarette has had on smoking.
The new drug affects the brain’s neurotransmitters (a biomolecule that transmits information from one neuron to another neuron), giving the user feelings of pleasure and relaxation similar to that of drinking alcohol.
The professor, who was fired from his job as the government’s chief drugs advisor in 2009 for saying cannabis, ecstasy and LSD are less harmful than alcohol and cigarettes, said the drug could be taken in a range of cocktails. “I’ve done the prototype experiments myself,” he said. “I’ve been inebriated and then it’s been reversed by the antagonist. That’s what really gave us the idea. There’s no question that you can produce a whole range of effects like alcohol by manipulating the brain.”
According to Nutt, the effects from taking the drunk without alcohol pill may be blocked immediately by taking an antidote, so the ‘drinkers’ would potentially be able to drive or return to work immediately after consumption.
Professor Nutt and his team at Imperial College London have been faced with a major obstacle, since, as expected, no one in the alcohol industry is willing to fund the development of a drunk without alcohol pill.
However, in his interview with the BBC, Nuut has asked investors to support this groundbreaking research. “It seems strange that we have not talked about this before, as it is a number one goal to improve health,” said the scientist.
According to Nutt, one of the greatest benefits of a substitute for alcohol is to reduce addiction, the main problem of alcoholism. The professor has argued that 10% of drinkers become alcoholics and 1.5 million deaths each year can be attributed to alcohol consumption .
Currently the only thing left is to do the testing of the drunk without alcohol pill with consumers. Once the tests are completed, these products may be marketed, which will not please major brands of alcoholic beverages.