Researchers from the University of Sydney and the University of Regensburg in Germany have discovered that oxytocin has a remarkable influence on the intoxicating effect of alcohol.

When the researchers infused oxytocin into the brains of rats which were then given alcohol, it prevented the lack of coordination caused by the alcohol.

The findings could pave the way for the development of drugs that help treat alcoholism in humans.

"Alcohol impairs your coordination by inhibiting the activity of brain regions that provide fine motor control. Oxytocin prevents this effect to the point where we cannot tell from their behaviour that the rats are actually drunk. It is a truly remarkable effect," explained Dr Michael Bowen from the University of Sydney's school of psychology.

“It's worth noting that oxytocin cannot save you from being arrested while driving home from the bar. While it might reduce your level of intoxication, it will not actually change your blood alcohol level," Dr Bowen noted.

This is because the oxytocin is preventing the alcohol from accessing the sites in the brain that make you intoxicated, it is not causing the alcohol to leave your system any faster, the authors noted.

The paper appeared in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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