Food deprivation-induced alcohol ingestion in the mouse: Calories versus primary sensory preference

Tibor Palfai, Wayne Reckhow

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Random bred Swiss mice showed preference for water over 10% ethanol solution when unlimited food was available. When partially food deprived, the preference was reversed in 5 out of 8 animals. About half of the naive mice, however, ingested substantial amounts of this ethanol solution at the very first exposure when partially food deprived for 12 days. It is suggested that while the caloric value of ethanol is reinforcing, food deprivation might make the sensory effects of ethanol also reinforcing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)709-712
Number of pages4
JournalPharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1977



  • Alcohol
  • Ethanol
  • Mice
  • Preference

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Toxicology
  • Pharmacology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biological Psychiatry
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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