Excessive alcohol consumption may be more easily disguised in future as a professor has developed two new drugs that could eliminate hangovers, liver damage and loss of control while inebriated.
Workplace drug and alcohol testing
The drug’s supposed main intended-purpose would be to try to wean people off alcohol, while allowing them to still feel the effects of being tipsy. They are most likely to be highly-priced to avoid people abusing or misusing the drug, for example the drugs could be used in an attempt to hide signs of a hangover or still being drunk while working.
Effectively it could be irresponsibly used to reduce suspicion of chronic excessive alcohol consumption and increase the need for employers to undertake random workplace drug testing in particular.
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The first of these particular drugs is a drink that mimics alcohol called ‘alcosynth’. Unlike alcohol it is non-toxic, removes the risks of hangovers, liver toxicity, aggression and loss of control. The alcosynth substance is from the Valium family as it is a benzodiazepine derivative. However, it is claimed that it will not be addictive or cause withdrawal symptoms.
The second drug is called ‘Chaperone’ which could reduce the effects of alcohol. If the pill is taken while drinking it is claimed to be impossible to become drunk to the point where a person would lose all control.
Before getting too excited at their potential it is important to keep in mind that the creator of the drugs is an Imperial College Neuropsychopharmacology Professor called David Nutt, who controversially worked with a chemist known as DR-Z, who created a mephedrone known as ‘miaow miaow’ – a drug connected with a number of deaths in the UK last year, which was banned soon afterwards.
Licensing for alcosynth and chaperone could take between three and five years before they are made available, Nutt says, if they pass UK laws at all. If they do, they are most likely to be first introduced in high-end cocktail bars as a kind of accessory sold with alcohol. They will be reasonably high priced in an attempt to avoid the drugs being used in an abusive nature.
Professor Nutt suggests that their introduction would have a positive effect, especially if used to wean addicts off of alcohol. He said: “If alcohol was treated as a toxic compound in the same manner as benzene or other lethal chemicals, the maximum amount you would be permitted to consume would be one wine glass a year, but it is exempt from toxic control measures because we like to drink.”
The dangers of excessive alcohol consumption
Misuse of alcohol is one of the top five causes of death in all EU nations. It shortens our lives in many ways, including liver disease, cancers, elevated blood pressure, strokes heart attacks and increased risk of dementia. We must also take into account incidents such as car crashes, domestic abuse and crime while people are inebriated.
Estimates for the overall cost of alcohol to the British economy range from £21 billion to £55 billion a year, around £7.3 billion of this is in lost productivity from hangovers and general poor performance after a night of drinking.
Therefore excessive alcohol consumption technically effects everyone in one way or another. Services we all need such as the NHS, big businesses with large workforces and small local business operating on a limited budget all rely heavily on the professionalism of their employees.