Effects of alcohol on disinhibition towards alcohol-related cues

Sally Adams, Alia F Ataya, Angela S Attwood, Marcus R Munafò

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: We investigated (1) the effects of acute alcohol on inhibition of alcohol-related versus neutral cues, (2) the effects of drinking status on inhibition of alcohol-related versus neutral cues, and (3) the similarity of any effects of alcohol or drinking status across two different cue types (lexical versus pictorial). METHODS: Participants received 0.0g/kg, 0.4g/kg or 0.6g/kg of alcohol in a between-subjects design. Healthy, heavy and light social alcohol users (n=96) completed both lexical and pictorial cue versions of an alcohol-shifting task. Participants were instructed to respond to target stimuli by pressing the spacebar, but to ignore distracter stimuli. Errors towards distracter stimuli were analysed using a series of mixed-model ANOVAs, with between-subjects factors of challenge and drinking status and within-subjects factors of distracter type (alcohol, neutral) and block (shift, non-shift). RESULTS: Lexical commission error data indicated a main effect of distracter (F [1,90]=43.25, p
Original languageEnglish
JournalDrug and Alcohol Dependence
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Publication statusPublished - 2012

Structured keywords

  • Brain and Behaviour
  • Tobacco and Alcohol

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