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The Willy Wonka of Alcohol

The Willy Wonka of Alcohol

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Post Date: September 09, 2011

Say Goodbye to Hangovers

 Synthetic Alcohol?

An alcohol substitute that mimics its pleasant buzz without leading to drunkenness and hangovers is being developed by scientists.

You have all been there– a hard night at the club, waking up in your own vomit, with God knows who lying beside you and the biggest hangover… Well, there could be a light at the end of the tunnel.  Thanks to a team of scientists in London (Willy Wonka and several Oompa-Loompas in my mind) those days may disappear with this generation.

The synthetic alcohol, being developed by a team at Imperial College London, led by Professor David Nutt (Britain’s top drug expert) who envisions a world in which people could drink without getting drunk.   The substitute is derived from chemicals related to Valium and works like alcohol on nerves in the brain that provide a feeling of well being and relaxation.


Eventually it could be used to replace the alcohol content in beer, wine and spirits and the recovered ethanol (the chemical name for alcohol) could be sold as fuel.




No Addiction

Easy to Flush Out

No matter how many glasses they had, they would remain in that pleasant state of mild inebriation and at the end of an evening out, revelers could pop a sober-up pill that would let them drive home or return to work. Not quite sure what this “sober-up pill” is or how that would ever get past the FDA, but it’s a nice pipe dream…

Professor Nutt believes that the new drug, which would need licensing, could have a dramatic effect on society and improve the nation’s health.  I don’t see this happening any time soon, as long as liquor companies have billions to throw at policy makers. What will Dr. Drew do without the addicts? There’s always Teen Mom!