Alcohol is one of the oldest substances the human invented. It has been loved by many many people through every generation.
However, it also brings harms to people. Alcohol toxication can lead humans to death. Moreover, alcohol has a biochemical dependency. Many people are suffering from alcohol use disorders.
Therefore, some people consider that alcohol should be regulated. Historically, alcohol has been exposed to serious taxation. In the US, alcohol producing and offering has been legally prohibited in the early 20th century. But, it resulted in a miserable failure.
Now, David Nutt, a former government drugs adviser in the UK, expects alcohol use will be minimized, or even perished within the next a few decades. He suggests "alcosynth" will replace alcohol completely as a healthy alternative to alcohol.
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The idea of David Nutt seems optimistic as well as aggressive, in my opinion. First, the figure of alcosynth is unclear. Second, it is unlikely that an alternative will completely the conventional one. The rise of e-cigarette has changed the behavior of some tobacco lovers. But there are still many tobaccos consumed. Third, the pleasure of alcohol drinking is inevitably connected with its dependency.
Nonetheless, I agree with Nutt's opinion partially. Alcohol consumption is gradually decreasing year by year. I hope many alternatives will be invented.