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Alteration of Ethanol Preference in Hamsters: Effects of Photoperiod and 5-Hydroxytryptophan

  • Irving Geller
  • Roy J. Hartmann
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 85B)

Abstract

Relatively few investigators have made use of the golden hamster as an experimental animal for ethanol studies. This is somewhat surprising insofar as hamsters show a marked preference for ethanol solutions in free-choice experiments. Given a choice of water or a 10% ethanol solution, hamsters will drink 88% of their total fluid as ethanol solution (Arvola and Forsander, 1961). Furthermore, the most preferred concentration of ethanol for the male hamster is 15% (Arvola and Forsander, 1963) in contrast to the rat that shows a preference only for much lower ethanol concentrations.

Keywords

Ethanol Solution Pineal Gland Ethanol Intake Total Darkness Male Hamster 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Irving Geller
    • 1
  • Roy J. Hartmann
    • 1
  1. 1.Southwest Foundation for Research and EducationSan AntonioUSA

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