"They'll dispense the alcosynth into your cocktail and then you'll have the pleasure without damaging your liver and your heart,” Nutt says. He says the two alcosynth compounds being tested—one is bitter, the other mostly flavorless—work well in everything from a mojito to a Tom Collins. Alcosynth will get you buzzed—though Nutt says they've capped how drunk you can get on it—without the side effects of nausea, headache, or dry mouth. "We know where the good effects of alcohol are mediated in the brain, and can mimic them," he says. "And by not touching the bad areas, we don't have the bad effects.” A nontoxic alcohol that doesn't let drinkers get blotto could save a lot of money, Time reports.
Should be out by 2050.