Description of the Project
How does alcohol affect response time?
Advice or Ruling
This project is ineligible for any Science Fair for several reasons:
- It involves giving humans a substance that is known to be deleterious to their well being, and so is unacceptable from an ethical perspective.
- The affect of alcohol on humans has been studied extensively, so this experiment is not going to generate any new data. Typing "Effect of Alcohol on Humans" into Google received over 9 million hits on 6 February 2009.
- It involves a minor encouraging others to drink alcohol. It is not appropriate for any Science Fair Organization to condone this practice.
No project involving consumption of alcohol by either humans or animals is eligible for any School, Regional or National Science Fair.
A member of the regional science fair committee will work with William to find a project that is within the rules.
These case studies summarize interesting examples of science fair projects involving humans or animals submitted to the Youth Science Canada National Ethics Committee for review. A brief description of the proposed project is given, along with the ruling given by the Ethics Committee. Some details may have been changed in the descriptions so that the original source cannot be identified. The ethical challenges described have not been changed.