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Animal Action: Drunken Worms (05/08/2010)

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NARRATION

Many of us like a wee tipple and enjoy the affects that alcohol has on our nervous system. But have
you stopped to wonder how a worm holds its liquor?

Well, Lindy Holden-Dye and colleagues from Southhampton University have been looking at the effects
of alcohol on the nervous system of C. elegans. Surprisingly these worms deal with alcohol in a
similar way to us.

The worm that stays clear of the bottle has few problems moving, unlike the worm who has over
indulged.

But it's what happened when the worms went into withdrawal that really fascinated the neurologists.
It gains relief from the "hair of the dog"... but like us the extra alcohol just ends up increasing
the worm's dependency. By studying these worms the researchers hope to find new alcohol dependency
treatments for us.