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Lifestyle Viral and Trending 20 Apr 2018 Scientists discover ...

Scientists discover flies enjoy sex and resort to alcohol if they don't get it

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Apr 20, 2018, 3:57 pm IST
Updated Apr 20, 2018, 3:57 pm IST
The experiment explains how ejaculation as a rewarding activity is a universal phenomenon.
The experiment showed how male flies who hadn’t ejaculated for days opted for alcoholic meals (Photo: Pixabay)
 The experiment showed how male flies who hadn’t ejaculated for days opted for alcoholic meals (Photo: Pixabay)

Sex is an important as well as enjoyable activity for human beings as absence of it is known to have several physical and psychological effects. But other species too enjoy having sex and not getting it also causes certain consequences.

Scientists have found that fruit flies enjoy sex and when they are starved of the pleasure they seek satisfaction from alcohol. The experiment explains how ejaculation as a rewarding activity is a universal phenomenon.

 

The experiment showed how male flies who hadn’t ejaculated for days opted for alcoholic meals. It also sheds light on how substance addiction works as drugs use the same system in brains which are used to process natural rewards.

The results here indicate that an animal’s sexual state determines the need to consume substances like alcohol.

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