Sunday, May 14, 2006
Drunk Monkeys Mirror People
Researchers have discovered that Monkeys drink more alcohol when housed alone, and some like to end a long day in the lab with a boozy cocktail.
The monkeys behaviors strongly correspond with human patterns of alcohol use. In the study subjects, "blood alcohol levels often exceeded the .08 percent level, which is the legal limit for most states in the U.S.," said Scott Chen, one of the study’s authors and a researcher at the National Institutes of Health Animal Center in Maryland.
They also discovered that monkeys who were housed by themselves drank 2 to 3 times more than the ones housed in communities. Also, lower-ranked monkeys and males tended to drink more. They also drank more directly after working.