About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment
The Laboratory Drunks
Dr. Dora B. Goldstein, a senior scientist in the pharmacology department [at Stanford University], devised a means of getting mice drunk on the fumes of alcohol. Mice had always seemed to be the best possible animal models for alcoholic tests, because they became alcoholic in two to four days, while more expensive animals might require two weeks. On the other hand, the mice eliminated alcohol from their systems so rapidly, many tests necessary to understanding addiction could not be made.