Effects of Ethyl Alcohol on Avoidance Behavior

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Science  01 Jul 1960:
Vol. 132, Issue 3418, pp. 42-43
DOI: 10.1126/science.132.3418.42

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Three albino rats, trained to avoid electric shock, were stomach-loaded with from 1 to 5 ml of 32-percent aqueous solution of ethyl alcohol prior to the experimental session. Small doses produced some increases in responserates and a consistent decline in shocks received. Larger doses produced progressive uncoordination, accompanied by lower response rates and an increase in shocks received.