Jilted fruit flies drink to forget

Filed in Animals and Nature, Science, Weird by on March 18, 2012 0 Comments

California- Frustrated male fruit flies, whose sexual advances are rejected by females, turn to alcohol to drown their sorrows, a study revealed.

Study at the University of California, San Francisco finds rejected male flies have a tiny neuropeptide F molecule in their brain that pushes them to drink far more than their sexually satisfied counterparts.

Jilted fruit flies drink to forget

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Study says that the levels of the molecule were higher in sexually satisfied males than in those who got no sex, leading scientists to speculate that their work could shed light on brain mechanisms behind human addiction.

Professor Ulrike Heberlein of UCSF said that clinical trials were underway to determine whether neuropeptide Y can alleviate anxiety and other mood disorders. “If neuropeptide Y turns out to be the transducer between the state of the psyche and the drive to abuse alcohol and drugs, one could develop therapies to inhibit neuropeptide Y receptors,” said Heberlein.

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