Recent study suggests rats are the ultimate party animal, crave cocaine after drinking alcohol
It seems rats like to have their cake and eat it too — or rather — indulge with a side of cocaine when they imbibe alcohol.
In a recent study carried out by Columbia University Medical Center, researchers discovered that rats are the ultimate party animal. When the rodents consumed alcohol every day for 10 days and were also given cocaine, they, in turn, developed a liking for the drug.
The rats that had been given the alcohol pressed a lever 58 times to administer more cocaine. Whereas, the rats that had been given no alcohol pressed it a mere 18 times.
In fact, the rodents became so keen to consume cocaine, that when electric shocks were administered for pressing the lever, they remained persistent to get a taste.
Of course, it’s unreasonable to draw the conclusion that rats and humans behave in the same manner. Nonetheless, it’s clear cocaine is a hell of a drug.