Psycho-pharmacologist David Nutt, from the University of Bristol in Britain, says the cocktails would be designed to mimic the pleasurable effects of alcohol without the downsides.
They would allow people to get merry but not legless, wake without a hangover, and avoid effects such as nausea, memory loss, depression and aggression.
Nor would they damage the liver, as alcohol does.
My only question is this: How do you know if you're an alcoholic if you don't experience depression, nausea or hangovers? And won't this type of drink make AA meetings way less interesting? I mean, if addicts feel good about themselves we won't get to hear the devastating tales of woe that come from waking up naked in a totalled Ford Aspire just outside of Barstow. And asking a towtruck driver if you can borrow his t-shirt to cover your bruised and exposed chest is often the first step on your road to recovery.
I just hope the scientists figure these questions out before the miracle drinks are released.