An improved technique for monitoring the drinking behavior of mice

Physiol Behav. 1983 Jun;30(6):971-4. doi: 10.1016/0031-9384(83)90264-0.


A set of calibrated lickometers provides continuous, quantitative monitoring of fluid consumption. It has been used in our laboratory at four levels of temporal resolution: 24 hr, 1 hr, 6 min, and for counting of individual licks. Convenient features are mounting of the licking tube-bottle assembly on the cage top (which permits the use of disposable plastic cages with litter) and automated collection of data with microcomputers.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Alcohol Drinking
  • Animals
  • Drinking*
  • Mice / physiology*
  • Monitoring, Physiologic / methods*