Researchers from the University of Regensburg and the University of Sydney have found that oxytocin, also known as the ‘love hormone’, a facilitator for childbirth and breast-feeding, also has interesting effects on alcohol intoxication.
Rats were given oxytocin before they were given samples of alcohol, and the hormone unexpectedly prevented the usual lack of coordination that comes following alcohol intake.
Tests on humans are now to follow. The collaborating universities will research oxytocin’s sobering effect on people to discover the hormone’s potential to treat alcohol dependence. Researchers already know it won’t save you from being arrested for DUI, since oxytocin won’t make the alcohol leave your system any quicker.
Our universities continue to push their research and innovation efforts, keeping Australia on the world stage of research and technology. Let’s continue to keep it clever, Australia.
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