You could say that animals, including us humans, are programmed to take risks. After all, from the beginning of time, man has scoured the ground for fermented fruits to (you guessed it) seek warmth and satisfaction. Ultimately, this desire for fermented products has transcended into a love for alcohol, something most of us aren’t proud of. Addiction to any drug should never be taken lightly. However, would you feel better if we told you that you aren’t alone in your alcohol troubles? As it turns out, some of our furry and feathered friends also seek out alcohol to get plastered. Here is a closer look at these wild-child drunk animals.
Buzzed Bohemian Waxwing
Humans aren’t the only creatures who overindulge during the holidays. Just ask the Bohemian waxwing, a gorgeous little bird that lives in parts of North America and Eurasia. During the cooler times of the year, when Rowan berries start to ferment, these adorable birdies chow down on this rich fruit and can get a little tipsy. In fact, some scientists have reported birds guilty of, no joke, “drunk flying.” Some of the drunken waxwings have even crashed into buildings.
Even more unbelievable, some Bohemian waxwings required an intervention from scientists and were sent to rehab (yes, rehab) at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve in Canada.
Tipsy Little Bats
Apparently, bats can tolerate a stiff drink, or, in this case, a gulp of sickeningly fermented fruit. Yes, indeed, the little outdoor patrol that keeps your backyard insect-free can also down quite a bit of booze, even to the point of getting smashed. In 2009, PLOS One studied Central American bats in Belize and discovered that some bats had a blood-alcohol content (BAC) reading of 0.3%. Now, consider the fact that humans aren’t allowed to have a BAC of 0.08% if they are going to operate a motor vehicle. Those are some intoxicated little bats.
Seeking Treatment for Alcohol Abuse or Alcoholism
Alcohol withdrawal can easily be one of the most frightening aspects of healing. During the course of the recovery process, you will suffer from minor to severe symptoms that may include night sweats, hallucinations, fevers, anxiety, and sadness, but always remember that you can find the strength to overcome these problems. However, you must always seek medical attention when you have decided to cut ties with alcohol, as the withdrawal process can be notoriously dangerous. Never attempt to do this without the supervision of a trained specialist.
If you are suffering from a severe case of alcoholism or alcohol abuse, or have a friend or loved one who is coping with this illness, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process of alcohol withdrawal and detox and guide you along the rocky road of rehabilitation. Soon enough, you will experience a faster and much more efficient recovery.
If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your mental illness and take an extra step toward becoming a healthier person.