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You Have No Idea How Hard It Is to Get a Hamster Drunk

“You just put a bottle of unsweetened Everclear on the cage and they love it,” says Gwen Lupfer, a psychologist at the University of Alaska Anchorage who has studied alcohol consumption in hamsters. They regularly down 18 grams per kilogram of body weight a day, the alcoholic equivalent of a human drinking a liter and a half of 190-proof Everclear. In the wild, hamsters hoard ryegrass seeds and fruit in their burrows, and they eat this fermenting store as it becomes more and more alcoholic over the winter. In the lab, well, they’re pretty happy with Everclear. Given the choice between water and alcohol, they go for the booze.


https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2021/12/alcohol-consumption-hamster-drunk/621125/?utm_source=pocket-newtab

(the silly season is here early this year. However, this might lead to a treatment for alcoholism down the line)

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