No more hangovers? New ‘alcohol surrogate’ comes with antidote that can make you sober again in minutes
For over two decades, David Nutt has studied how to stop people from becoming alcoholics, and how to help addicts cope with the side effects. But a few years ago, the British scientist decided he was approaching the problem from the wrong angle.
“Alcohol is just too poisonous and has too many effects to be able to block them,” Dr. Nutt said. “So, then I thought, why don’t we just turn the whole question on its head?”
Dr. Nutt has developed an alcohol substitute that he said mimics the relaxation and sociability that comes with drinking, but comes without many of drinking’s nasty side effects, such as aggression and addiction. Take a pill, and the effects disappear.
“We’ve tried the prototypes,” Dr. Nutt said. “I’ve been completely zonked on a high dose, given an antidote and in a matter of five minutes — not at all.” (Photo: Fotolia)