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"Getting drunk without the hangover or health risks..."

Sounds like a great idea to me. Never mind it's non-addictive, wonder how many lives can be saved, crimes not committed, adults and children lives not ruined by living with an alchoholic.


Getting drunk without the hangover or health risks – scientist seeks investment for ‘alcohol substitute’ drug

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/getting-drunk-without-the-hangover-or-health-risks--scientist-seeks-investment-for-alcohol-substitute-drug-8931946.html

The “serious revolution in health” is being pioneered by the former Government drugs advisor Professor David Nutt, and has been described as doing for alcohol what the e-cigarette has done for tobacco use.

It targets neurotransmitters in the brain directly, giving the taker feelings of pleasure and disinhibition that are in some cases “indistinguishable” from the effects of drinking. Yet because it acts directly, it can also be immediately blocked by taking an antidote – with “drinkers” potentially able to then drive or return to work straight away.

Prof Nutt is one of the country’s leading neuropsychopharmacologists, but he and his team at Imperial College London have hit a stumbling block – perhaps unsurprisingly, no one in the drinks industry is willing to fund the drug’s development.
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One of the biggest benefits to Prof Nutt’s alcohol substitute would be to remove addiction as a drinking problem. The scientist said 10 per cent of drinkers become addicted, and that addicts account for most of the one and a half million people killed by alcohol every year.
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Edited to add: Wiki page for David Nutt: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Nutt
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