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Professor David Nutt, one of the U.K.’s foremost neuropsychopharmacologists, has led a team of scientists from Imperial College London through a series of clinical testing to help develop an “alcohol pill” that offers the euphoric sensation of alcohol without the harmful side effects.
“I’ve done the prototype experiments myself. I’ve been inebriated and then it’s been reversed by the antagonist,” Prof. Nutt told the BBC. “That’s what really gave us the idea. There’s no question that you can produce a whole range of effects like alcohol by manipulating the brain.”
The pill works by targeting and mimicking the neurotransmitter, gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which controls the brain’s inhibitory function. The drug would be taken with cocktails, after which it would increase GABA function to induce a drunken effect on the brain.