Ah, the halcyon days of youth. When you could get drunk and still get up for class in the morning, when hangovers were little more than an inconvenience. If you are still in that stage, good for you. Enjoy it now, because it ends. Some people just get bored of partying, others realize they don't have time for it anymore, and some people, like me, end up in rehab before the whole "you are too old for this" thing sticks.
It seems that, for some monkeys, life exacts a similar buzzkill. The vervet monkeys that are found on some Caribbean islands have acquired a taste for alcohol over the last 300 years. First, they got this from sugar cane that fermented, but now they straight-up steal that shit from tourists to get their fix. They absolutely love their booze, with a full 20 percent of them preferring it over non-alcoholic sugar water. But when researchers looked into it more, they realized that it wasn't all monkeys across the board who were getting wasted off nicked drinks. The vast majority of these drunken thieves were the equivalent of teenagers, both male and female. But once they get a bit older, they seem to give up the sauce.
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Jorge Juarez of Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico says that this is probably because adult monkeys have more responsibilities in monkey society. They have to keep a clear head so that they are on top of social dynamics, mating rituals, taking care of their young, etc. So, basically the same reasons that human adults cut back.
If monkeys can do it, so can you. Just put down that third beer and go find someone to mate with.
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