Faux-cohol for the New Year?

December 31, 2009

Consider this as you get ready for your New Year’s celebration tonight… What if you could drink all you want, then pop a pill to become sober?

Apparently, there are some researchers working on just the very thing: an alcohol substitute that gives you a buzz, but comes with an “antidote” that sobers you up and prevents a hangover.

At first glance, this sounds like a great advancement for society. Think of the possible benefits… a reduction in drunk driving accidents… less public rowdiness… no more pesky sunglasses after a night of binge drinking…

I sit here, though, and wonder if this doesn’t bring about a whole new set of health questions:

and money questions:

and moral questions:

Regardless, sounds like such a world is a far way off. According to the article, this idea is still without corporate backing, and it’s unclear if this could even be regulated or approved. So, in the meantime, you will just have to consume your alcohol in moderation (except for maybe tonight!)
Happy New Year 🙂

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