NMDARs (N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors) are considered to be a target for the inhibitory actions of ethanol. While profound inhibition of both native and recombinant NMDARs can be observed following the application of high concentrations of ethanol the levels of inhibition seen with lower concentrations of ethanol are more modest. Here, we report the effects of inhibiting NMDAR-mediated responses with ethanol concentrations that are experienced during the social consumption of alcohol comparing levels of inhibition seen with ‘pure’ ethanol with those produced by ethanol contained in three popular single malt whiskies.

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