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Alcohol kills one person every 10 seconds worldwide: WHO

Alcohol kills 3.3 million people worldwide each year, more than AIDS, tuberculosis and violence combined, the World Health Organization said Monday, warning that booze consumption was on the rise. Including drink driving, alcohol-induced violence and abuse, and a multitude of diseases and disorders, alcohol causes one in 20 deaths globally…

Researchers identify gene mutation that can trigger excessive drinking

Scientists have discovered a gene mutation that can trigger excessive drinking. Researchers in the United Kingdom said they found a gene that regulates alcohol consumption and identified a mechanism that caused mice examined in the study to choose alcohol over water. The study found that mice without the mutation showed…

Portuguese court orders rehiring of drunk ‘happy worker’ garbage collectors

LISBON (Reuters) – A Portuguese court has ordered a waste removal company to rehire an employee it fired for being drunk on his rounds and said tipsy trash men appear happier to members of the public. The appeals court in Porto, a northern city renowned for its port wines, also…

Male fruit flies rejected by females turn to alcohol

Much like males of our own species, male fruit flies, when spurned by females, drink to numb the pain of rejection. According to a study outlined in the New York Times, fruit flies who are unable to mate prefer food laced with alcohol to regular food. Humans may like to…

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