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Submission + - Alcoholic fly larvae need fix for learning (eurekalert.org)

mphall21 writes: A report says alcoholic fly larvae learn better when mildly intoxicated, showing that alcohol abuse can have lasting effects on the brain.

'Our evidence supports the long-ago proposed idea that functional ethanol tolerance is produced by adaptations that counter the effects of ethanol, and that these adaptations help the nervous system function more normally when ethanol is present," says Brooks Robinson of The University of Texas at Austin. "However, when ethanol is withheld, the adaptations persist to give the nervous system abnormal properties that manifest themselves as symptoms of withdrawal.'

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