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Mosquitoes Are Attracted to People Who Drink Alcohol: New Study Reveals

A study in West Africa found that men who consume beer are more bait for mosquitoes than others who drink water.

Researchers have revealed why mosquitoes feast more on people who drink alcohol than those who drink water.

In a report published by Time Magazine, entomologist Joseph M. Conlon, technical advisor to the American Mosquito Control Association, gives some reasons why mosquitoes bite some people and ignore others.

“There is no doubt that some people are more attractive to mosquitoes because of the chemicals they secrete from their skin and their particular skin flora ,” said Conlon.

Other experts and researchers have revealed more about the biological factors that can turn a person into a mosquito bait.

Times Magazine said, according to a PLOS ONE study conducted in West Africa on men who drank beer or water, that men who consume beer are more bait for mosquitoes than others who drink water.


The study also showed that beer consumption still increases the attractiveness of volunteers for mosquitoes.

Laura Harrington, PhD, a professor in the Department of Entomology at Cornell University, highlighted another study in Japan on the smell that is attracting mosquito attention.

The study suggests that mosquitoes are attracted to people who have ingested alcohol.

Another reason is sweat.

According to a report by Healthline, a medical website, alcohol affects the central nervous system, the circulatory system and virtually all parts of your body. Drinking alcohol can increase your heart rate and widen the blood vessels in your skin. This can trigger perspiration. Therefore, night sweats can also be caused by the withdrawal of alcohol.

Colon added that lactic acid, a byproduct of activity that is excreted by sweat, is an attractive mosquito. The health expert noted that the heat becomes more attractive when mosquitoes approach a potential host.


Written by How Africa

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