A recent study from Colombia University has shown that long term alcohol consumption can lead to cocaine addiction, at least in rats.
In this study, researchers at Colombia exposed rats to voluntary alcohol consumption for ten days before introducing cocaine. Following these ten days of alcohol consumption cocaine was introduced and surprise, rats became interested in this illicit drug.
Colombia University researchers made sure to keep safety first in mind for the rats, making sure the rats didn’t lose more than 15% of their body weight during this study. Additionally, the researchers made sure their rats were not subjected to low quality street drugs, obtaining their drugs from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (imagine how good that was).
To sum it up, researchers can now deduce that prior alcohol consumption leads to a higher likelihood of cocaine abuse, surprise! Next time you attend a festival make sure you bring a rat, they sure know how to party.
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