New booze-busting pill can sober you up in seconds

Last Updated: Monday, February 18, 2013 - 13:21

London: MIT scientists are working on a new alcohol-busting drug that could help boozers sober up in seconds.

A cocktail of alcohol metabolizing enzymes developed by them speedily reduces blood alcohol levels in drunk mice, the Daily Mail reported.

Yunfeng Lu, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at UCLA, and Cheng Ji, a professor of biochemical and molecular biology at the University of Southern California injected the intoxicated mice with nanocapsules containing two enzymes.

They found that 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.`

The nanocapsules work as a sort of booze buster in your gut, according to the scientists.

It would almost be like having millions of liver cell units inside your stomach or in your intestine, helping you to digest alcohol, Lu said.

Lu predicts the medicine could be taken in such simple form as a pill.


First Published: Monday, February 18, 2013 - 13:21

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