Frustrated at Sex, Flies turn to Drink
If you’ve visited a college bar on a Friday evening, you may have seen a man drowning his sorrows after being rejected by one of his fellow co-eds. A recent study on fruit flies the University of San Francisco proves that ordering another beer may be more than a social norm.
Male fruit flies, rejected in their attempts to mate, turn to alcohol-soaked food, researchers reported today in the journal Science. Scientists think the discovery, along with evidence that the behavior seems to be driven by a small molecule in the brain, may open a window onto the self-destructive actions of alcoholics and drug addicts.
If the brain is triggered to prefer alcohol in tense situations, this is all the more reason why parents and other responsible adults need to have the opportunity to help young people learn how to handle alcohol responsibly.