Syntethic alcohol that makes you feel drunk but without the annoying side effects can be available within five years.
The product is a step closer to selling in bars and clubs after a number of years of research, led by Professor David Nutt.
The former government advisor lost his job when he started controversially claiming that alcohol – and even horse riding – was more dangerous than drugs.
Now, in the final stages of development, synthetic alcohol, labeled as Alcarelle, still needs to be regulated.
This normally takes three years, but the team said they expect it to take a little longer due to the unique nature of the product.
Synthetic alcohol, which makes you feel drunk without the side effects or hangover, is a step closer to selling in bars and clubs after years of research led by Professor David Nutt
Alcosynth – the name given to the molecule – gives people the same feeling of drink, but is designed to make it impossible to get out of hand or drool.
The makers said the alternative is non-toxic to the liver, such as alcohol after years of increasing alcohol-related liver disease deaths.
Professor Nutt told The Guardian: & # 39; It will be clearly tested whether the molecule is safe.
& # 39; And we must show that it is different from alcohol. We will demonstrate that it does not produce toxicity such as alcohol. & # 39;
Professor Nutt studied the effect of alcohol on the brain and first discovered an antidote to drunkenness as a PhD student in 1983.
But because it could cause seizures when taken sober, it was too dangerous for clinical use.
Since then, Professor Nutt has tried to stimulate the Gaba receptor in the brain in the same way as alcohol.
Alcohol binds to all 15 different Gaba receptor subtypes, Professor Nutt said. But he has discovered which of those can be targeted to cause tipsiness without the side effects.
He said: & # 39; We know where alcohol is in the brain & # 39; good & # 39; effects and & # 39; has bad effects, and which specific receptors that mediate – Gaba, glutamate and others, such as serotonin and dopamine.
& # 39; The effects of alcohol are complicated, but … you can focus on the parts of the brain that you want to focus. & # 39;
Professor David Nutt is a former government drug advisor
Alcarelle, who has tried Professor Nutt and his team himself, will have a cap so that it is physically impossible to get out of hand while drinking.
After 45 minutes the feelings wear out, but you can continue your day without the dry mouth, headache or nausea.
Jonny Forsyth, a global beverage analyst at Mintel, believes the pioneering product will seduce young consumers with a healthy conscience.
He said for them, & # 39; it's much cooler to be healthy, but it's also about checking & # 39 ;.
Mr. Forsyth added: “They don't want to look on Instagram for drunk; their manager could see that.
& # 39; Something that would automatically control their drinking would be very appealing. & # 39;
The number of young people drinking in Great Britain has fallen sharply in recent years, figures show.
The plan is to sell Alcarelle to the alcohol industry so that they can put the active ingredient in their own drinks – so consumers don't have to change their favorite drink.
Professor Nutt and his business partner, David Orren, have tried to raise £ 20 million from investors to market Alcarelle.
& # 39; The industry knows that alcohol is a toxic substance & # 39 ;, said Professor Nutt. & # 39; If it were discovered today, it would be illegal as a food.
& # 39; The safe limit of alcohol, if you apply food standards, would be a glass of wine a year. & # 39;
Professor Nutt, owner of a wine bar in Ealing with his daughter, said that riding before his looting in 2009 was more dangerous than ecstasy.
And a year later, he published research in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet, which shows that alcohol is harder for society than heroin or crack.
He believes that alcohol will not exist in its current form in 2050.
Alcohol-related liver disease has increased in the UK and is now one of the most common causes of death, along with smoking and high blood pressure.
More than one in ten deaths of people over 40 come from a liver disease, most from alcohol-related liver disease.
Each year, alcohol-related deaths account for approximately 7,700 deaths in the UK and 88,000 in the US.
WHY WOULD THE PROFESSOR DAVID NUTT SAY THAT ALCOHOL IS WORSE THAN DRUGS?
In his research, published in 2010, Professor Nutt and his team investigated nine categories of damage that drugs can cause to individuals & # 39; from death to damage to mental functioning and loss of relationships & # 39; to others.
Overall, alcohol scored 72 out of the maximum & # 39; damage & # 39; score of 100 compared to 55 for heroin and 54 for crack.
And while the most dangerous drugs for individual users were considered heroin, crack and crystal meth, alcohol was considered harmful to society, followed by heroin and then cracked.
Nutt told the Lancet that a new rating system & # 39; would depend on which set of disadvantages & # 39; for yourself or for others & # 39; that you are trying to reduce & # 39 ;.
& # 39; But if you have suffered overall damage, alcohol, heroin, and crack are clearly more harmful than all others, so maybe drugs with a score of 40 or higher may be class A; 39 to 20 class B; 19-10 class C and 10 or below class D, & he added.
This reclassification would lead to tobacco being classed as a class B drug in addition to cocaine.
Cannabis would also simply make class B instead of class C. Ecstasy and LSD would end up in the lowest drug category, D.