Drug Gives Rats Booze-Guzzling Superpowers

by Mike McAdams


A drug extract from the seeds of the Asian tree Hovenia dulcis, also known as the oriental rubber tree, is allowing rodents to drink large amounts of alcohol, pass-out less, be less hungover, and even avoid addiction after weeks of non-stop drinking. No word yet on why they aren’t sending medicinal batches to every fraternity around the country.

“I think it’s really pretty incredible that one study opens up avenues for so many angles,” says neuroscientist A. Leslie Morrow of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill. We agree.

The specific drug is known as dihydromyricetin, or DHM, and has not shown any side effects, yet. Next up are human trials. We’ll try to keep a pulse on this one… Read the full article here.

Of course, I should remind everyone that our blog entries are for your information only and are not intended as medical advice. Because everyone is different, you should work with your medical professional to determine what’s best for you. If you’re going to drink, do it legally and responsibly; don’t be stupid =).

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