Any parent who’s ever been hungover knows 2 things to be true: Your kids can tell, and they’re real jerks about it. (Really, the one time they don’t want to watch Daniel Tiger all day?!) That’s why the promise of a hangover-free booze is extra exciting, because sometimes dads drink a little too much while trying to get through the presidential debates. David Nutt, a professor and neuropsychopharmacologist (who used to be a member of the Advisory Council On The Misuse Of Drugs) told The Independent that he has invented a synthetic alcohol that allegedly wont hurt your heart, liver, or next morning.
The prospective product is called alcosynth, presumably because snake oil was already taken. “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,” Nutt described in the least scientific terms possible. He’s reportedly patented around 90 synthetic alcohols, 2 of which are currently being tested extensively. He predicts that by 2050 alcosynth will have replaced regular alcohol completely. What a Nutt.
Still, this isn’t the first time someone has made the promise of hangover-free alcohol and experts like Dr. George Koob, director of the National Institute On Alcohol Abuse And Alcoholism, are skeptical. “There’s no free ride in the brain,” he told the Daily Beast. While Koob called Nutt a respected researcher, he once wanted to treat OCD with LSD, so maybe he just likes to party.