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What Rats Can Tell Us about Drinking, Diving and DCS

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Drinking alcohol before a dive is often cited as a risk factor for decompression sickness (DCS), although it seems that evidence is still lacking, and just how alcohol consumption affects DCS risk in divers is unclear. However, giving alcohol to rabbits after decompressing them has been shown to be beneficial in preventing or treating DCS, but that’s insufficient evidence to suggest it may do the same for humans. Since rats are often used as test subjects before moving on to humans, Peter Buzzacott of the Divers Alert Network led a research team using rats to continue studying what role alcohol may play in DCS....


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