CIE Spotlight: Male sexual behaviour and ethanol consumption from an evolutionary perspective: A comment on “Sexual Deprivation Increases Ethanol Intake in Drosophila”

John E.
John E.

Title: Male sexual behaviour and ethanol consumption from an evolutionary perspective: A comment on “Sexual Deprivation Increases Ethanol Intake in Drosophila”

Authors: Guevara-Fiore, Palestina; Endler, John A.

Source: FLY, 8 (4):234-236; OCT 2 2014

Brief summary of the paper: Shohat-Ophir et al. demonstrate a connection between sexual behaviour and ethanol consumption in male Drosophila flies, and how the neuropeptide F system regulates ethanol preference.

Their results are rightly discussed only in a physiological context, but this has facilitated erroneous anthropomorphic interpretations by the media.

Here we discuss the link between male sexual behaviour and ethanol consumption from an evolutionary perspective, providing a broader context to interpret their results.