Next to the Olympics, another set of records were quietly being publicised over newspapers and blogs around the world. This relates to the ability of one of nature’s creatures being able to imbibe the equivalent of one case of beer every night without getting drunk!
The Malaysian tree shrew, belonging to the squirrel family and the size of a small rat was featured in a local newspaper recently here. The animal was also featured in countless newspapers throughout the world ( here’s onethe world’s heaviest drinker) and also in several blogs ( tiny malaysian tree shrews live on alcohol but never gets drunk). What’s the secret? These animals have an unusual metabolism that can convert alcohol quickly into nontoxic ethyl glucuronide (EtG).This stuff EtG is deposited into the animal’s fur, out of harm’s way. Human beings are unable to do this.
The progressive effects of alcohol on humans have been well-documented. One of the more well-known is that as one imbibes, there is a perception that people around you become increasingly attractive. This was confirmed in a recent study by the University of Bristol which gives more credence to this phenomenon, called beer-goggles. The following humorous video illustrates the effect of too much booze and its ill consequences:
Which brings us to the effect of alcohol on sex – its been widely believed that alcohol has aphrodisiac properties. This is a fallacy as all it does is to lower inhibitions and raises irrational behaviour. In fact, taken regularly , it is a known to even cause erectile dysfunction. Even William Shakespeare knew of its effect when the porter in Macbeth said words to the effect that:
“Alcohol increases the desire but diminishes the performance”.
Look forward to hear from those of you who drink!