Fruit flies might like their liquor as much as humans, but drunk fruit flies do not impact the world like humans.
A drunk fruit fly cannot kill someone from behind the wheel of a car or cost the community money because of incarceration or medical costs.
Even if alcohol treatment were available for fruit flies, they would probably not opt to participate.
Let’s do studies on how to help those addicted to alcohol and what kind of alcohol treatment is the most effective.
“Like humans, fruit flies that get intoxicated on alcohol can become addicted and keep drinking regardless of the consequences — findings that could help researchers better understand how alcoholism works, U.S. News and World Report reported Dec. 10.
Researchers at the University of California at San Francisco studied the behavior of fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) that were given the option of drinking alcohol. They found that the flies consumed food spiked with alcohol faster than plain food, with preference for alcohol increasing over time.”