@Bhikkhu Pesala when you put it that way the use of chemicals to make one drunk without the physical side effects, like Cirrhosis of the liver, enlarged heart, pancreas and gallbladder damage does sound helpful. But for me the main problem is the need to get drunk, I grew up around heavy drinkers and they did awful things to people and themselves when high. They used the drug to avoid changing themselves for the better and facing those they hurt. Does the drug cause the same behavior, loss on inhibitions and boundaries as real alcohol? I looked over the article and couldn't find any reference to this question. I think those who profit from the liquor industry would invest in this drug as well. Best to have a diverse portfolio, that is what the tobacco companies did with their nicotine patches.
Form is like a glob of foam; feeling, a bubble; perception, a mirage; fabrications, a banana tree; consciousness, a magic trick this has been taught by the Kinsman of the Sun. Phena Sutta: Foam