Getting fish drunk doubles its swim-speed

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A single zebrafish, exposed to alcohol, not only doubles its swim-speed among its “sober” peers, but also increases the speed of the whole group, a new study has found.

New findings by researchers at the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering are helping to unravel the complex interplay between alcohol and social behaviour and may lead to new therapies for mitigating the negative impacts of alcohol use and abuse.

A team led by Maurizio Porfiri devised an original method that would allow for detailed tracking of a single, alcohol-exposed zebrafish amid a school of “sober” peers.

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