03/28/2008 02:43 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Monkeys Like To End A Long Day In The Lab With A Stiff (Alcoholic) Drink...

Monkeys drink more alcohol when housed alone, and some like to end a long day in the lab with a boozy cocktail, according to a new analysis of alcohol consumption among members of a rhesus macaque social group.

These and other observed behaviors strongly correspond with human patterns of alcohol use. Researchers attribute a predisposition to alcohol abuse in some monkeys and people to a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

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