Vervet Monkeys Steal Drinks, Reveal Clues About Human Drinking Habits

By: Michael Poppenhagen - Published: Oct 31, 2010 • References: greenmuze and telegraph
The Vervet monkey was brought to the Caribbean about 300 years ago and has become known for snatching alcoholic beverages from unsuspecting vacationers. The up side is that the alcohol-loving monkeys’ party-snatching behavior may give scientists a clue about alcoholism in humans.

Researchers have found that the Vervet monkey, like its human counterpart, is usually a social drinker, but as many as 15 percent drink heavily, and 5 percent are binge drinkers who consume alcohol to drunkenness, start brawls and pass out.