Date of Award

Spring 1984

Document Type



Life & Environmental Sciences

First Advisor

James Manion

Second Advisor

Rev. Joseph Harrington

Third Advisor

Arthur Westwell


The research performed in conjunction with this thesis tests the correlation between consumption of a vitamin A deficient diet and voluntary alcohol intake by rats. It also tests the effects of caffeine intake on alcohol consumption by rats fed a vitamin A deficient diet. Statistical evidence shows both a vitamin A deficient diet and caffeine addition to the diet increase voluntary alcohol consumption. The results are compared to a control group which received a balanced diet with available alcohol.