A UNCG researcher was one of many academics quoted in a Daily Mail article on why indulging in too much alcohol makes humans desire fatty foods.

William Gruchow, a UNCG public health education professor, has studied and written about the brain chemical galanin. “Galanin increases appetite for fats, and consumption of fat causes more galanin to be produced,” Gruchow said. “Alcohol intake also results in increased galanin production.”

Gruchow says he thinks galanin might be stimulated by triglycerides, which are released by fat and alcohol.