Spirt of Philadelphia First Friday 2017 Leaderboard

London Scientist Creates Synthetic 'Hangover-Free' Alcohol

Nice try
by Alexander Frane on Sep 27, 2016 in Culture

Alcohol has been with humanity longer than the cultivation of grains, when ancient humans would make primitive beers from wild cereals. Now, this nigh-universal aspect of human culture is going away, or so says Professor David Nutt, the creator of “Alcohosynth”, a synthetic compound intended to mimic the effects of alcohol, without the side effects.

Professor Nutt was a former government drug tsar, but lost the position after claiming that using Ecstasy was safer than riding a horse. Now, he teaches at the lauded Imperial College in London. Nutt reported to the Independent that he was developing Alcosynth as a way to combat the health risks of alcohol. The compound, whose ingredients are kept under wraps by Nutt, is intended to mimic the pleasurable effects of alcohol, but without the toxins, calories or hangover. The effect would last a number of hours comparable to a few drinks, and “cap out” at a certain level to avoid over-intoxication.

The testing process is extensive for human trials, so it will take considerable time to produce Alcosynth. Still, Nutt hopes that the substance will replace all alcohol by 2050. While his goal has nobility, the thought that a synthetic compound would replace a substance so ingrained in our society is extremely unrealistic, if not impossible. Alcohol accounts for billions of dollars in the world economy, and the existence of brewers, winemakers, sommeliers, cocktailers, whiskey crafters, etc… means that people are not just drinking for the pleasant effect that alcosynth seeks to mimic, but for many other reasons—including deeply rooted cultural and religious purposes. Even if Alcosynth is a success, alcohol isn’t going away.

We might add that it’s confusing that Nutt would named it “Alcosynth”, when Star Trek already coined the perfectly acceptable term "Synthehol” decades ago.  

Photo via Paramount Pictures


Tags: News
Recent Articles
spacer

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
Behind the Bar: Trevor Schneider, US Reyka Vodka Ambassador

Behind the Bar: Trevor Schneider, US Reyka Vodka Ambassador

This installment of Behind the Bar is focused on Trevor Schneider, the US brand ambassador for the Icelandic Reyka Vodka....read more ›

by Alexander Frane Apr 19, 2017
Drink Your Way Through the 2017 Philly Science Festival, April 21-29

Drink Your Way Through the 2017 Philly Science Festival, April 21-29

Get to know what's in your glass down to every particle at the 2017 Philly Science Festival, which is taking p...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Apr 19, 2017
SPONSORED
Skygarten is Back for the Season with a Grand Relaunch Party, April 19

Skygarten is Back for the Season with a Grand Relaunch Party, April 19

Skygarten, the beer garden perched atop Sky Philadelphia (formerly Top of the Tower), will reopen with a relau...read more ›

by Drink Philly Apr 19, 2017
Sample Cask Beer at the 10th Annual Yards Real Ale Invitational, April 30

Sample Cask Beer at the 10th Annual Yards Real Ale Invitational, April 30

Yards' popular Real Ale Invitational, which celebrates cask-conditioned and unfiltered beers, is back for its ...read more ›

by Drink Philly Apr 18, 2017
Woodford Reserve is Bringing Two Distinct Culinary Experiences to Center City, April 24 & 25

Woodford Reserve is Bringing Two Distinct Culinary Experiences to Center City, April 24 & 25

Woodford Reserve is bringing two unique whiskey-focused dinners to Center City, complete with cocktails, paire...read more ›

by Drink Philly Apr 18, 2017
Drinking Wine is the Best Mental Exercise, According to Science

Drinking Wine is the Best Mental Exercise, According to Science

Can drinking wine actually be beneficial to your health? A professor of neuroscience at Yale may have found an answer....read more ›

by Alexander Frane Apr 12, 2017
Best Bars For Outdoor Drinking in Philadelphia, 2017

Best Bars For Outdoor Drinking in Philadelphia, 2017

Whether it's to enjoy the first warm breezes of spring or the summer's sunshine, Philadelphia is full of great places to drink in the great outdoors....read more ›

by Drink Philly Apr 11, 2017
Cira Green is Hosting a Pop-Up Beer Garden on Fridays This Spring

Cira Green is Hosting a Pop-Up Beer Garden on Fridays This Spring

Philly is adding another sky high beer garden to its portfolio this spring, with the new pop-up Beer Garden at Cira Green opening April 21....read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Apr 10, 2017
This Summer, You Can Drink Your Rose Out Of a Forty

This Summer, You Can Drink Your Rose Out Of a Forty

A company called Forty Ounce Wines is now selling this warm-weather wine in forties, giving drinkers a whole new way to drink 'rose all day.'...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Apr 10, 2017
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close