The worst part about a weekend spent with bottomless breakfast mimosas is the head-pounding brunch hangover you get around 3 p.m. But one scientist might have a hangover cure that actually works, whether your vice was a Bloody Mary or just a night of Keystone Lights. David Nutt, a British psychiatrist and neuropsychopharmacologist (i.e. a doctor that looks at the connections between the brain, the body, and pharmaceuticals), came up with Alcosynth, a hangover-free alcohol that is currently undergoing testing before it can end up in your favorite Bellini or Irish coffee. But if it's successful, you could soon be day-drinking with near impunity. Well, except for people judging your life choices.
The Alcosynth hangover-free alcohol research looked into chemical compounds that were commonly associated with catching a buzz. Nutt then isolated these compounds, eschewing those that lead to nasty hangovers from drinking. Explaining how Alcosynth could allow people to drink without a hangover, he said "We know where the good effects of alcohol are mediated in the brain, and can mimic them. And by not touching the bad areas, we don't have the bad effects." So now, due to the wonders of science, we can make terrible choices with at least one less repercussion. Neat!
The first recipes for Alcosynth's hangover-free alcohol used a drug type known as benzodiazepines—the same class of drugs from which Valium, Ativan, and Xanax are classified. But according to Nutt, the newest iteration of Alcosynth doesn't use benzos to chill people out. Which is maybe a good thing, because alcohol and Xanax do not mix, so you'd be barred from drinking that 21 year old Macallan if your mug of Alcosynth Tom Collins didn't quite take you there. The recipe is a closely guarded secret for the time being, which makes the prospect of putting random drugs in your body to avoid a hangover a fairly unattractive option. But the good thing about Alcosynth is that it produces a mild feeling of intoxication, rather than complete drunkenness.
Nutt's been hard at work on Alcosynth for years now—the first version came as a pill, but he's aiming toward liquid versions this time around. So expect to have Alcosynth at the ready one day in the future as you put together your ultimate bloody Mary bar. Or, you know, just have it on its own for a liquid breakfast.