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Drug Gives Rats Booze-Guzzling Superpowers

January 9th, 2012

According to researchers in the Journal of Neuroscience scientists have isolated a drug that turns rodents into lean mean beer drinking machines. According to science news, “Rats dosed with a compound isolated from an ancient herbal remedy appear all but impervious to quantities of alcohol that put their compatriots under the table. Rodents on the drug can drink large quantities of alcohol without passing out, show fewer signs of hangover and even fail to become addicted to alcohol after weeks of drinking” Scientists believe the promising results from rats may indicate humans can benefit from the drug as well. It may even offer a powerful way to combat alcohol’s dizzying effects, the dreaded hangover and even alcohol dependence according the article.

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