Put Down the Gatorade: Somebody Finally Invented Hangover-Free Alcohol

Remember those good ol’ university days?

When Thirsty Thursday wasn’t just a bar special, it was a lifestyle. You could party all weekend, and still somehow manage to pull it together for that 8am lecture on Monday.

Nowadays, a late Saturday night usually requires a full-day Sunday recovery session.

But imagine if that dreaded hangover became a thing of the past. No more headaches, nausea, or general “I want to die” feeling.

Well, there’s an idea floating around that you may want to pay attention to.


Alcosynth, a new alcoholic beverage created by British scientists, is non-toxic and designed to be just as good as the real stuff – minus the hangover.

Professor David Nutt has patented around 90 alcosynth compounds, two of them being “rigorously tested” for widespread use, reports The Independent

Dr. Nutt has so much faith in his product that he believes his alcosynth will completely replace normal alcohol by 2050. According to him, the effects of alcosynth last for a few hours – the same as regular booze – but in addition to being hangover-free, it is also easier on your liver and heart.


“They go very nicely into mojitos. They even go into something as clear as a Tom Collins. One is pretty tasteless, the other has a bitter taste,” he adds.

Unfortunately, it might be a while before you can actually get a hangover-free cocktail at your local watering hole.

The cost of funding research for the drug and regulatory concerns are two big factors that make it unclear when alcosynth would actually hit the market. Additionally, even though alcosynth seems like the perfect booze alternative, many researchers are skeptical that there wouldn’t be at least some negative effects later on.


“It may substitute for some of the effects of alcohol, but whenever the brain sees a drug that changes something, the brain reacts to that,” Dr. George Koob, director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism told The Daily Beast.

So for the time being, file this invention under “too good to be true.” And if you’re going to be going hard this weekend, we suggest you steer clear of these kinds of drinks if you want to avoid the dreaded morning after.