A recently published study with the intense title of “Extreme anoxia tolerance in crucian carp and goldfish through neofunctionalization of duplicated genes creating a new ethanol-producing pyruvate decarboxylase pathway” has a very simple explanation: Goldfish can get themselves drunk to live.
Can dogs get drunk?
YES! While it might seem amusing for a dog to take a few laps and then stagger away, in reality, this is potentially very dangerous for the dog. … Given their relatively small size compared to people, a dog can quickly consume a toxic dose of alcohol.
How much alcohol does it take to get a fish drunk?
For his latest study of intoxicated fish, Porfiri and his coauthors had their subjects swim in three different alcohol concentrations: 0.25%, 0.5%, and 1%. The highest concentration translates to about a 0.1% blood alcohol content in the fish, Porfiri says—above the legal limit of . 08% for people in the United States.
Will vodka kill fish?
“Vodka (or any other spirits) splashed a few drops from a squirt bottle into the gill slits (will settle a fish),” says Florida Sportsman member Frisbee. “The gills absorb such a high concentration in a short time that the heart stops when the vodka blood pumps into it.”