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UCLA Scientists Developing “Sobriety Pill”

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This is all in the very early stages of becoming a reality for us, but it’s at least a step towards potentially putting an end to drunk driving for good.


Researchers at UCLA have developed a way to reduce blood alcohol levels in drunk mice, in a study that could forebear a pill that would help you quickly sober up after a night of boozing. Scientists gave the rodents a nanocapsule filled with an enzyme that naturally metabolizes alcohol, and those animals dosed with the enzyme had blood alcohol drop much more rapidly than the control group. Used on humans, the enzyme would “almost be like having millions of liver cell units inside your stomach or in your intestine, helping you to digest alcohol,” Yunfeng Lu a professor on the study.

Just imagining a world with “sobriety pills” is bizarre. Picture yourself going out drinking one night. When it’s time to head home, all you have to do is swallow a pill and voilà, good as new?

The only drawback I could see with this new development is police officers will have to find a new way to generate revenue for their towns. Maybe they’ll make driving while caffeinated a felony or something like that. That will keep the money flow going for sure.

All joking aside, if this could legitimately help save lives by ending drunk driving forever, then this needs to become a reality sooner than later.

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