An alcohol substitute that mimics the buzz from alcohol without leading to drunkenness and hangovers is being developed by scientists at Imperial College in London, according to the Telegraph .
The synthetic alcohol could possibly be "switched off" instantaneously with a pill, allowing drinkers to drive home or return to work.
Controversial Professor David Nutt, who was recently dismissed as a British government adviser for his comments about cannabis and ecstasy, is the man behind the unique creation.
Nutt and his team are concentrating their efforts on benzodiazepines, specifically diazepam, the chief ingredient in Valium.
"I've been in experiments where I've taken benzos. One minute I was sedated and nearly asleep, five minutes later I was giving a lecture," Nutt said. "No one's ever tried targeting this before, possibly because it will be so hard to get it past the regulators."
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