‘Western societies won't drink alcohol in another 10 or 20 years’ says ex-government drugs adviser

19/12/2017 - 07:00
According to former government drugs adviser, Professor David Nutt, who is developing an alcohol alternative that “mimics the pleasurable effects but is not toxic” - “Western societies won't drink alcohol except on rare occasions in another 10 or 20 years.”

The news comes as Nutt and managing director, David Orren, pitch for the £7 million needed to bring their alcosynth molecule venture, Alcarelle, to the UK, EU, US or Canadian market, to reduce “intoxication (and in turn) reduce violence on the street, vomiting and unpleasantness in city centres” as reported by IBTimes UK.

Claiming that alcohol-related harm costs the UK economy around £22 billion a year ($220 billion “at a low estimate” in the US) and that it’s often a “greater financial burden” on law enforcement than health services, alcosynth has a “plateau" feature that prevents users from getting drunker than a certain specified level – most likely to be equivalent to “a couple of cocktails”.

Speaking to IBTimes, Nut added: "Alcosynth will become the preferred drink, in the same way that I can see – almost within a decade now in the Western world – tobacco and cigarettes will disappear as they're replaced by electronic cigarettes.”

Accountable for 3.3 million deaths worldwide in 2012, he continued: “Alcohol kills more than malaria, meningitis, tuberculosis and dengue fever put together. Wouldn't it be fantastic if we could replace alcohol with something that led to almost no deaths? That would be one of the greatest public health developments in the history of the world."

Orren explained: “Why should the only thing available to adults at a party be something that is bad for you? It's just wrong, especially when science provides a wonderful alternative” - Alcarelle offering the “socially lubricating effects of alcohol mixed into a tasty drink that does not damage the liver, heart, blood vessels, brain or anything else.”

Also promising low-calorie and hangover-free drinking sessions, the pair said that Alcarelle products will be targeted at 18-25-year-olds, who are “more health-conscious and drink less than older adults.”

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