Study of Alcoholic Mice Provides Insight into Human Alcoholism

Researchers in Indiana have bred mice to prefer alcohol to other beverages, a development expected to give insight into alcoholism in humans.

The mice reached blood-alcohol levels equivalent to three times over the legal driving limit for humans, a level approximate to the the severe alcoholism in humans.

Mice share around 80% of the genes with humans. Researchers hope the mice will allow them to explore predisposing factors for excessive alcohol consumption, as well as behavioural and physiological changes that follow alcohol exposure.

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