Your Drunken Urge for Pizza and Wings, Explained by Science

Live Science | 1/10/2017 | Staff
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Anyone who's ever had a lot to drink probably knows the feeling: You want to chow down on pizza, fast food or other grub — and probably a lot of it. Now, a new study in mice may offer a possible explanation for this desire to overeat: Alcohol may activate some of the brain cells that normally make people feel hungry.

Although the study was conducted in mice, the findings likely apply to people as well because humans have the same types of neurons in their brains as the neurons the researchers focused on in the study, said Jessica R. Barson, an assistant professor of neurobiology at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, who was not involved in the study.

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In the new study, the researchers examined the effect of alcohol consumption on food intake in a group of mice, in what the scientists called an "alcoholic weekend" experiment. The researchers injected the mice with alcohol over three days. To serve as a comparison, they injected the mice with saline over the three days before and the three days after the alcohol injections. The researchers gave the mice access to the same amounts of food and water throughout the study.

The researchers found that the rodents ate significantly more food on the days when they were injected with alcohol.

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This finding is in line with the results of a study in humans published in 2015 in the journal Obesity, which also...
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