November 21st, 2014
We already have o2 linn, the beer that doesn’t give you a hangover. Now scientists claim to have developed a pill that can make you sober again. A cure for drunkenness so to say. You take the pill with a glass of water and after a few minutes you can walk in a straight line, talk back normal and perhaps even drive a car.
To scientists it is still unclear what exactly happens to someone who is drunk. Alcohol acts on a part the brain that regulated the immune system. The system gets confused and separates a substance called cytokine. The cykotine in turn disrupts other parts of the brain.
Scientists at the University of Illinois (USA) have invented a substance which will make the immune system ‘reset’, so that no more cytokine is produced. It ‘melts’ all the symptoms of drunkenness like snow does in the Sun. That is, in mice. The scientists will still have to test the drug on humans, however they are reasonably sure that they have achieved a breakthrough (pdf).
Maybe a couple more years and who knows, you might take one of these pill when leaving the pub, wait for a couple a minutes and then get in your car and drive home.