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.
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