Alcohol is the third largest risk factor for premature mortality, disability and loss of health in the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), alcohol results in 2.5 million deaths each year. It is also associated with a lot of serious issues like violence, child and woman abuse, and absenteeism at work. There are also approximately 80,000 deaths attributable to excessive alcohol use each year in the United States according to CDC.
Public intoxication is indeed a serious problem especially in the community we live in. Fortunately, scientists have been hard at work on coming up with a drug that can mimic the positive effects of being drunk without the accompanying negative effects like hangovers, addiction and others. Professor David Nutt, a distinguished leading neuropsychopharmacologists and former Government drugs advisor, is pioneering this research.
“I think this would be a serious revolution in health… just like the e-cigarette is going to revolutionize the smoking of tobacco,” says Professor Nutt. “I find it weird that we haven’t been speaking about this before, as it’s such a target for health improvement.”
He further explains the effects of the drug to The Guardian. “After exploring one possible compound I was quite relaxed and sleepily inebriated for an hour or so, then within minutes of taking the antidote I was up giving a lecture with no impairment whatsoever,” he said.
Prof. Nutt and his team of scientist at the Imperial College London are currently looking for investors to fund their ground-breaking research. But no one in the alcohol industry seems to like the idea. As Independent.co.uk writer Adam Withnall opines, “perhaps unsurprisingly, no one in the beverage industry is willing to fund the drug’s development.” I guess we’ll just wait and see until the drug makes it to the shelves.