Talk about monkeying around.
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The federal government reportedly has spent more than $3 million to get monkeys drunk in order to study the effect the alcohol has on body tissue.

The Washington Times reported Friday on a host of questionable grant programs administered by the National Institutes of Health, including a multi-year project to study if over-drinking causes gamblers to lose more money.

The monkey project, which reportedly has cost taxpayers $3.2 million so far, is being led by the Oregon Health & Science University.

Researchers say the work will “bridge the gap” between studies that focus on rodents and human research.