People have been proudly touting their weird hangover cures for ages (we'll pass on the dried bull penis, thanks), and now an infamous British scientist is throwing his hat in the ring with two new drugs. Except these drugs are actually pretty groundbreaking. One is a non-toxic inebriant that mimics the effects of alcohol without the subsequent hangover and the other is a so-called "sober up" pill that could save you from performing yet another rendition of "The Humpty Dance" at 2am.
The first drug, "alcosynth," is actually a drink that essentially gets you tipsy. But since it isn't really booze, you don't have to worry about a hangover or the hit to your liver the next morning. The second contender, "chaperone," is a pill that you take with real liquor. It's supposed to stop you from reaching the point of incapacitation, reversing some of the effects of your bar tab in the process. Though both drugs are at least three to five years away, the tentative plan is to sell them at fancy cocktail bars first before taking them to larger markets.
Now, a major caveat: remember the part about the "infamous British scientist"? He's Professor David Nutt, and he was fired by the British government in 2009 for calling horseback riding more harmful than ecstasy. He's also worked with a pretty shady guy named Dr. Z in the past, so a lot of people are understandably wary of Nutt's handiwork. But it's still largely theoretical at this point anyway, so looks like you're stuck with that bull penis for the time being.
Kristin Hunt is a Food/Drink staff writer for Thrillist, and thinks Dr. Z sounds like a really crappy radio DJ. Follow her at @kristin_hunt.