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U.K. Researchers Working On Replacing Alcohol With A Safer Sedative Ingredient

January 14, 2010: 10:46 PM EST
Researchers at Imperial College London are experimenting with replacement of alcohol in adult beverages with chemicals similar to the sedative Valium, so that people might enjoy intoxicating cocktails, achieve a state of pleasant inebriation, and then reverse the effects with a pill and not suffer a hangover. The researchers hope the drinks would not only boost a person’s well-being, they could also reduce the public cost of alcoholism, which in the U.S. was estimated to be $220 billion in 2005. However, Valium, available only through prescription, has its own side effects: dizziness, blurred vision and, in some, hallucinations.
Tom Barlow, "Researchers developing new adult beverages with Valium-like drugs instead of alcohol", Wallet Pop, January 14, 2010, © Weblogs, Inc.
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