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Vaccine Gives Alcoholics Instant Hangover To Help Them Stay Sober

Vaccine Gives Alcoholics Instant Hangover To Help Them Stay Sober
Innovation

Researchers in Chile are going to test a possible solution for breaking the addiction cycle alcoholics face.

Emma Hutchings
  • 11 february 2013

Dr. Juan Asenjo, the director of the Institute for Cell Dynamics and Biotechnology at Universidad de Chile, is leading a team of researchers who are developing a vaccine for alcoholics. The injection makes drinking alcohol intolerable as it gives the person an immediate hangover when they take a sip and it is introduced into their system.

Vaccine Gives Alcoholics Instant Hangover To Help Them Stay Sober

Geek.com reports that the vaccine stops the enzyme that usually breaks down alcohol, causing the liver to produce a compound called “acetaldehyde.” This is what causes a hangover, making the person feel nauseous and uncomfortable. If they continue to drink, they will feel worse and these symptoms could be prolonged.

The injection, which remains active for 6-12 months, will be tested on human subjects in November following a trial on mice. If these are successful, the vaccine could be made commercially available by 2015.

Universidad de Chile

Photos by Rice and Danielle and Michal Sanger

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