Why is that when people throw up after drinking they don't get the conditioned taste aversion, huh?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I think it's because people know that it isn't something dangerous for them, they know it's self inflicted, plus you are drunk when you throw up, so it isn't so bad.

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    1 decade ago

    Being drunk, itself, may have something to do with it, but I suspect that it's mainly due to the fact that you know ahead of time that you may likely throw up. Conditioned taste aversion is a defense mechanism to help us avoid things that could, worst case scenario, kill us. Given that we know this isn't the case with drinking - extreme overdrinking notwithstanding - we don't develop the aversion.

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