How goldfish brew their own booze to survive harsh winters

If you've ever felt a little warmer after a few drinks, it turns out some animals use that as an actual survival strategy – although we wouldn't recommend trying it yourself. To make it through winter in the freezing, oxygen-starved waters of northern Europe, crucian carp (and its more domesticated cousin) goldfish produce their own alcohol internally, removing dangerous chemicals from their bodies and getting nicely sauced along the way. Now, researchers have worked out how they do it... Continue Reading How goldfish brew their own booze to survive harsh winters Category: Biology Tags: Alcohol Ethanol Fish University of Liverpool University of Oslo Related Articles: Tail or tunnel? Mouse-handling methods could influence experiments Should we use smartphone apps to treat depression and anxiety? Artists may unknowingly paint a pictu

How goldfish brew their own booze to survive harsh winters

If you've ever felt a little warmer after a few drinks, it turns out some animals use that as an actual survival strategy – although we wouldn't recommend trying it yourself. To make ...

Tue 15 Aug 17 from Gizmag

Goldfish use alcohol to survive harsh winters

A helpful mutation lets goldfish and crucian carp survive when oxygen levels in the water drop.

Sun 13 Aug 17 from Cosmos Magazine

Fish sauced? Goldfish turn to alcohol to survive icy winters

Researchers uncover the evolved ability of goldfish to generate alcohol when deprived of oxygen.

Fri 11 Aug 17 from BBC News

Goldfish go months without oxygen by making alcohol inside cells

Goldfish and crucian carp have evolved enzymes that turn carbohydrates into alcohol when no oxygen is available – helping the fish survive in ice-locked pools

Fri 11 Aug 17 from Newscientist

Scientists reveal how goldfish make alcohol to survive without oxygen

Scientists at the Universities of Oslo and Liverpool have uncovered the secret behind a goldfish's remarkable ability to produce alcohol as a way of surviving harsh winters beneath frozen lakes.

Fri 11 Aug 17 from Phys.org

How goldfish ‘get drunk’ to cope with cold winters

Researchers reveal the metabolic survival secrets of boozy pond dwellers

Thu 17 Aug 17 from Chemistry World

How goldfish use booze to get through a hard winter

Animals Who needs oxygen when you can make ethanol? Goldfish are remarkably resilient—they can even survive long winters in frozen ponds. Now researchers think they've figure ...

Tue 15 Aug 17 from Popular Science

Scientists discover how some fish survive in icy water

While it’s a myth that a stiff drink makes you warmer in cold weather, a new study found that alcohol is the very reason some fish survive frozen conditions.

Tue 15 Aug 17 from FOXNews

Goldfish make alcohol to survive the winter without oxygen

Go home goldfish, you're drunk.

Mon 14 Aug 17 from ZME Science

Goldfish make alcohol to survive in oxygen-free lakes

Research led by the University of Liverpool and Oslo found goldfish and crucian carp (pictured) produce between 50 and 100 mg per millilitre in their blood to survive in frozen lakes. ...

Fri 11 Aug 17 from Daily Mail

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