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In summary, there is no convincing evidence to say that alcohol intoxication helps to treat or prevent parasites in humans. 1) The evidence from in vivo human studies does not support the idea that alcohol consumption helps in treating parasites. Alcoholism and Strongyloides stercoralis: Daily Ethanol Ingestion Has a Positive Correlation with the Frequency ...


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Although the previous answers give a resounding "No" for the case of human hosts and parasitic worms, a 2012 research paper (Alcohol Consumption As Self-Medication Against Blood-Borne Parasites In The Fruitfly) states that the larvae of Drosophila melanogaster (fruit flies) actively seek out foods containing ethanol when they are infected by the eggs/larvae ...


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The answer to your question depends on the kind of parasites you're focusing on. Looking at bacteria and gastro-intestinal infections, I found three articles (one based on a model stomach, a second one based on a questionnaire and serum analysis and a third one describing a specific incident), which indicate that there is a certain protective effect of ...


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I have finally figured out what these are, and it turns out I greatly misunderstood their relationship with snails. These worms are annelids of the genus Chaetogaster, specifically Chaetogaster limnaei limnaei. Source: Page 653 of "Fresh-water biology" (1918) Ch. l. limnaei is unique in its genus in that lives on the bodies and in the shells of snails, ...


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From the first principles: The most sensitive to alcohol part of the human body is it's nervous system. Worms have much simpler (in both biochemistry and organization) nervous system, so they will probably suffer less from a generic poison that the alcohol is. OTOH, you can easily find a substance that is WAY more toxic to the worms than to yourself. Up to ...


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I've been emailing some of the various researchers who worked on the papers I've cited. Jeremy Thomas and Judith Wardlaw both took time out of their (probably very busy!) schedules to reply, and they sent me very detailed replies as well as copies of papers I didn't have access to. Thanks to their replies, I'm in a position to post an answer to my own ...


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It happens I just found an answer to my question in a recent review book by George Heimpel and Nicolas Mills. It appears that for now we do not know any parasitoid of mosquitoes. Quoting chapter 1 : "Most insect herbivore species are attacked by one or more parasitoid species, but some major arthropod pest groups appear to be entirely free of ...


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