Daily Archives: 12/11/2013

Synthohol is not the answer

So I’ve been doing some thinking and researching about Professor Nutt’s alcohol solution and I am definitely not convinced.  Firstly this is not a new story as digging round on the internet the quote below is taken from an article posted in 2010.

‘By harnessing benzodiazepines like diazepam, the chief ingredient in anti-anxiety med Valium, Nutt sees a future of drinking without becoming addicted, belligerent or — and here’s the kicker — intoxicated. Using one of thousands of possible benzos, researchers are working to tailor a colorless, tasteless synthetic that could eventually replace the alcohol content in beer, wine and liquor.’

http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2010-01/synthetic-alcohol-gives-drinkers-pleasant-buzz-without-hangover-addiction

Secondly benzodiazepines are highly addictive, and interestingly are one of the drugs used to manage physical alcohol dependency withdrawal symptoms (I used to work on an alcoholic liver disease ward).  In the 1950’s benzos earned the nickname “mother’s little helper” for the boom in prescriptions of these anti-anxiety pills to over-stressed and tired housewives across America (http://www.lifetimerecoverycenters.com/benzodiazepine-addictions/).  So potentially rather than having an addiction to alcohol you may end up with an addiction to this pharmaceutical instead ….

And how exactly would that be better?

Edited to add: 24th September 2016

‘Hangover-free alcohol’ could replace all regular alcohol by 2050, says David Nutt