I’ll drink to that! Developing: Pop a pill get sober in seconds

on 21/02/13 at 9:48 am

Booze News

a1Party animals could soon be able to sober up in an instant just by popping a pill.

Researchers have developed a cocktail of alcohol metabolizing enzymes that speedily reduces blood alcohol levels in drunk mice.

The treatment, which has been compared to having ‘millions of liver cells inside your stomach,’ could have far-reaching implications for drinkers.

One of the enzymes, Oxidase, comes with an unfortunate by-product of hydrogen peroxide, which can be harmful.

Nanocapsules: The drunk mice were injected with nanocapsules, pictured, containing two enzymes

As such, it needs to work in concert with another enzyme that decomposes the hydrogen peroxide.

The findings showed the party mice that received the injection sobered up much quicker compared to those that didn’t get the enzyme treatment.

The breakthrough is still in its early stages and is not ready to be tested on humans.

But Lu said it could lead to a new class of drugs that act as an alcohol ‘antidote.’