It seems rats like to have their cake and eat it too ”” or rather ”” indulge with a side of cocaine when they imbibe alcohol.

In a  carried out by Columbia University Medical Center, researchers discovered that rats are the . When the rodents consumed alcohol every day for 10 days and were also given cocaine, they, in turn, developed a liking for the drug.

The rats that had been given the alcohol pressed a lever 58 times to administer more cocaine. Whereas, the rats that had been given no alcohol pressed it a mere 18 times.

In fact, the rodents became so keen to consume cocaine, that when electric shocks were administered for pressing the lever, they remained persistent to get a taste.

Of course, it’s unreasonable to draw the conclusion that rats and humans behave in the same manner. Nonetheless, it’s clear cocaine is a hell of a drug.

H/T: Mixmag

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