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Image of the Day: Social Drinking

By | April 28, 2017

Drunken crayfish will roll on their backs and enthusiastically perform tail flips in their tanks. The animals are more likely to display they behaviors after spending time in a social environment compared with an isolated one.

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Neural Mechanism Links Alcohol Consumption to Binge Eating

By | January 10, 2017

Ethanol triggers starvation-activated neurons, leading mice to overeat. 

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Researchers short circuit the urge to consume alcohol in rat models of compulsive drinking by shutting down specific neurons wired to the brain’s reward system.

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TS 2015 Gift Guide

By | December 15, 2015

Check out these life science–inspired gifts

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Tippling Chimps Caught in the Act

By | June 10, 2015

Researchers in Africa observe chimpanzees stealing palm wine from villagers’ cups and imbibing the beverage.

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Binge-Drinking Trigger?

By | May 12, 2015

Researchers identify a protein linked to excessive consumption of alcohol in animal models.

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Drunk Monkeys

By | March 1, 2015

UC Berkeley biologist Robert Dudley explains his "drunken monkey" hypothesis for how humans developed a taste for alcohol.

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Falling Out of the Family Tree

By | March 1, 2015

A mutation in an ethanol-metabolizing enzyme arose around the time that arboreal primates shifted to a more terrestrial lifestyle, perhaps as an adaptation to eating fermented fruit.

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Roots of Alcohol Dependence?

By | August 27, 2014

Researchers link a gene already tied to alcohol dependence with a neurotransmitter involved in anxiety and relaxation.

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Book Excerpt from The Drunken Monkey

By | June 1, 2014

In Chapter 3, "On the Inebriation of Elephants," author Robert Dudley considers whether tales of tipsy pachyderms and bombed baboons have any basis in scientific truth.

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