David Nutt, a scientist who oversees the neuropsychopharmacology unit at the Imperial College London, has devoted his career to the interdisciplinary science that studies how our brain is influenced by drugs. Nutt has been the subject of various reports in recent years for his development of Alcarelle—a synthetic substitute for alcohol that would provide the numbing sensation of booze without the health risks and the hangovers. Although the final product has been in the works for over a decade, according to a new interview in The Guardian, Nutt’s final hurdle is bringing Alcarelle to the masses.
“The industry knows alcohol is a toxic substance,” Nutt explained in the interview. “If it were discovered today, it would be illegal as a foodstuff. The safe limit of alcohol, if you apply food standards criteria, would be one glass of wine a year.”
Nutt and his partner David Orren, are in the process of raising the £20 million needed to get Alcarelle into the market. Although he’s spent his career calling attention to the harmful effects of alcohol, Nutt explains that he enjoys drinking moderately, however he hopes to see a healthier substitute find its place in the market. “I’m not against alcohol. I like it, but it would be nice to have an alternative.”