Drunk Birds Slur Songs Just Like Humans Alter Speech, New Study Shows

December 30, 2014 10:50 AM

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Oregon scientists got several lab zebra finches tipsy and analyzed their song to learn more about speech impairment caused by alcohol. They found that drunk birds slur songs just like humans slur their speech after too much drinking. The study was published in the on-line scientific journal PLOS ONE last week by a team of scientists from the Oregon Health and Science University.

For the study, scientists got several zebra finches drunk by pouring into their daily dose of juice several drops of alcohol (about 6 percent). Blood tests showed that most of the birds were on a risky level of blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of about 50 to 80 mg/dl when the experiment was conduct...

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