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Author LinkDudley, Robert,1961-
Title LinkThe drunken monkey : why we drink and abuse alcohol / Robert Dudley.
Distribution Berkeley : University of California Press, [2014]
Description xvi, 154 pages :  illustrations ;  24 cm.
Type of Material Book
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Contents: Introduction -- The fruits of fermentation -- On the inebriation of elephants -- Aping about in the forest -- A first-rate molecule -- Alcoholics aren’t anonymous -- Winos in the mist.
Summary Dudley presents an intriguing evolutionary interpretation to explain the persistence of alcohol-related problems. Providing a deep-time, interdisciplinary perspective on today’s patterns of alcohol consumption and abuse, Dudley links the fruit-eating behavior of arboreal primates to the evolution of the sensory skills they use to identify ripe and fermented fruits that contain sugar and low levels of alcohol. In addition to introducing this new theory of the relationship between humans and alcohol, the book discusses the supporting research, implications of the hypothesis, and the medical and social impacts of alcoholism. The Drunken Monkey is designed for general readers, scholars, and students in comparative and evolutionary biology, biological anthropology, medicine, and public health.
Subject LinkDrinking of alcoholic beverages.
LinkAlcohol -- Physiological effect.
LinkHuman evolution.
LinkPrimates -- Evolution.
LinkHuman physiology.
LinkMonkeys -- Physiology.

System Number 000680745
ISBN Link9780520275690 (cloth : alk. paper)
Link0520275691 (cloth : alk. paper)
Link9780520958173 (e-book)

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