Why Do Only Some People Get Blackout Drunk?
Each week on TestTubePlus, we cover one topic from multiple angles. This week, Trace will be talking about alcohol: why do we drink it, and is it good for us? Yesterday, we talking about what the earliest known alcohol is. Today, we talk about getting drunk, and why some people get black-out drunk, while others can seem to be able to control their drinking.
What is the drunken monkey hypothesis? Studies have shown that more than 85 percent of the fruits collected that were partially consumed by the monkeys contained measurable levels of ethanol. Additionally there is some evidence that the monkeys prefer fruits with ethanol concentrations is the 1-2 percent range. The Caribbean island of St. Kitts has a colony of vervet monkeys who have become notorious for their preference of alcoholic beverages. They even have a similar percentage of those who are teetotallers, moderate drinkers, and heavy drinkers. So what do these monkey tell us about our own drinking habits? Trace explores ...
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Origins of Human Alcohol Consumption (LiveScience)
"Human ancestors may have begun evolving the knack for consuming alcohol about 10 million years ago, long before modern humans began brewing booze, researchers say."
The Archeology of Alcohol (Eaines.com)
"Around the world and throughout time, humans have demonstrated a nearly universal proclivity for alcoholic beverages. As cultural anthropologist David Mandelbaum of the University of California notes, cultural attitudes towards alcohol vary around the world from adoration to proscription of drink, but there are few cultures that completely ignore alcohol."