Why is that when people throw up after drinking they don't get the conditioned taste aversion, huh?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
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.
- BlueLv 41 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.