The Effects of Alcohol on Spiders: What Happens to Web Construction After Spiders Consume Alcohol?
Victor E. Cross
Spiders tended to spin the new webs more quickly after vodka consumption as well as to rip holes in the webs.It is concluded that the alcohol affected not only the ability of the spider to spin the species’ characteristic web, but also that the speed of construction affected the precision of the rays and cells.
In humans, alcohol causes relaxation, lowered inhibitions, loss of body control, and reduced muscular coordination.
The webs spun by the spiders after vodka consumption were asymmetrical, had fewer support rays, fewer cells, and the cells that were present were larger and irregularly spaced. Additionally, spiders were observed tearing large holes in their webs and also clasping each other (presumably mating).
The similarity of behaviors leads to the conclusion that the orb weaver spiders are affected by vodka in many of the same ways that humans are affected.