Ever since Science told us that heavy drinkers will outlive nondrinkers, we've been waiting for the other shoe to drop. But it seems that Science really wants to encourage us to drink as much as we possibly can, based on their latest concoction: Australian scientists are developing a "stay sober" pill, designed to limit the effects of alcohol on the brain. If we weren't already ignoring the Health Department's "you're cut off" ad campaign, we certainly would be now!
Researchers at the University of Adelaide have been testing the pill on a group of mice; they found that the lab rats didn't become intoxicated despite being injected with needles filled with alcohol. "When a mouse gets drunk, it is quite similar to a human that's drunk. It can't work its motor coordination properly," lead researcher Mark Hutchinson said about his experiment's subjects. If you're wondering what those drunk mice might look like, watch the video below:
Susan Weiss of the National Institute on Drug Abuse told ABC that the report “shows promise for a new molecular target” when developing sobriety drugs. She added that this approach is also being investigated in drug addiction and pain relief. The pill could be approved for the market in as little as three or four years. No word yet on how this miracle pill might affect your dancing abilities though.