DailyDirt: Experimenting With Alcohol

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Freakonomics had an interesting podcast discussing which is more dangerous: alcohol or marijuana? If alcohol didn't exist and was discovered tomorrow, would it be as acceptable as it currently is? It probably would have hard time getting FDA approval, but then the same could be said of Aspirin, if it didn't have its long history as a wonder drug. Here are a few more questions to ponder about alcohol the next time you're not so sober, perhaps. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

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    Mason Wheeler (profile), 5 Sep 2014 @ 5:08pm

    Nutt is appealing to investors to fund his research to develop an alcohol substitute that has an antidote -- which he claims could have a significantly positive impact on human health since it might eliminate drunk driving and other unwanted effects of intoxication.

    Color me skeptical. I just wonder, how often would someone who deliberately chooses to go out and get drunk want to then take an antidote that turns them stone-cold sober? Yes, theoretically it could eliminate drunk driving if the person wanted to take it, but bear in mind that one of the best-known effects of alcohol intoxication is impaired judgment.

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