Accession Number : AD0780116

Title :   An Analysis of Factors Influencing Alcohol Consumption of Alcoholic Rats.

Descriptive Note : Annual rept. no. 4,


Personal Author(s) : Nielson,Harold C.

Report Date : DEC 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 50

Abstract : Seven experiments are reported which are part of a research project to understand factors that influence alcohol consumption of rats and to develop techniques that will make the rat the counterpart of the human alcoholic. In the first two experiments investigated the role that taste and caloric stress play in influencing alcohol consumption of rats. The rats in these experiments were individually housed in activity wheels, placed on 23.5-hour feeding schedules and offered ad lib access to water and to beer that had various concentrations of alcohol added. The results showed that rats drank preferred beer-alcohol solutions to alleviate caloric stress that resulted from living in the activity wheels on the restricted feeding schedule. When the caloric stress could not be alleviated by drinking a preferred lower-alcohol-containing solution the rats voluntarily drank sufficient quantities of nonpreferred beer-alcohol solutions that contained higher amounts of ethanol. (Modified author abstract)

Descriptors :   *Alcoholism, Psychophysiology, Alcohols, Ingestion(Physiology), Rats, Stress(Physiology), Taste, Conditioning(learning), Food deprivation, Experimental data, Medical research, Behavior

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Anatomy and Physiology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE