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Increased sensitivity to the disinhibiting effects of alcohol in binge drinkers.
Psychol Addict Behav. 2007 Sep; 21(3):346-54.PA

Abstract

Heavy episodic alcohol use, or binge drinking, is a serious public health problem. Binge drinking is endemic in college students and has resulted in numerous alcohol-related tragedies, including acute alcohol poisonings, falls, and automobile collisions. Such negative outcomes might occur because binge drinkers are generally more impulsive, and this impulsivity might be exacerbated under alcohol. The purpose of this study was to examine this hypothesis by comparing the acute effects of alcohol on a cognitive measure of behavioral control in binge and nonbinge drinkers. The results indicated that binge drinkers act more impulsively and report feeling more stimulated under an acute 0.65 g/kg dose of alcohol compared to nonbinge drinkers. The present finding of a heightened disinhibitory reaction to alcohol in binge drinkers may help explain the link between impulsivity and problem drinking at a more fundamental level of behavioral control.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506-0044, USA.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17874885

Citation

Marczinski, Cecile A., et al. "Increased Sensitivity to the Disinhibiting Effects of Alcohol in Binge Drinkers." Psychology of Addictive Behaviors : Journal of the Society of Psychologists in Addictive Behaviors, vol. 21, no. 3, 2007, pp. 346-54.
Marczinski CA, Combs SW, Fillmore MT. Increased sensitivity to the disinhibiting effects of alcohol in binge drinkers. Psychol Addict Behav. 2007;21(3):346-54.
Marczinski, C. A., Combs, S. W., & Fillmore, M. T. (2007). Increased sensitivity to the disinhibiting effects of alcohol in binge drinkers. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors : Journal of the Society of Psychologists in Addictive Behaviors, 21(3), 346-54.
Marczinski CA, Combs SW, Fillmore MT. Increased Sensitivity to the Disinhibiting Effects of Alcohol in Binge Drinkers. Psychol Addict Behav. 2007;21(3):346-54. PubMed PMID: 17874885.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Increased sensitivity to the disinhibiting effects of alcohol in binge drinkers. AU - Marczinski,Cecile A, AU - Combs,Stewart W, AU - Fillmore,Mark T, PY - 2007/9/19/pubmed PY - 2007/11/14/medline PY - 2007/9/19/entrez SP - 346 EP - 54 JF - Psychology of addictive behaviors : journal of the Society of Psychologists in Addictive Behaviors JO - Psychol Addict Behav VL - 21 IS - 3 N2 - Heavy episodic alcohol use, or binge drinking, is a serious public health problem. Binge drinking is endemic in college students and has resulted in numerous alcohol-related tragedies, including acute alcohol poisonings, falls, and automobile collisions. Such negative outcomes might occur because binge drinkers are generally more impulsive, and this impulsivity might be exacerbated under alcohol. The purpose of this study was to examine this hypothesis by comparing the acute effects of alcohol on a cognitive measure of behavioral control in binge and nonbinge drinkers. The results indicated that binge drinkers act more impulsively and report feeling more stimulated under an acute 0.65 g/kg dose of alcohol compared to nonbinge drinkers. The present finding of a heightened disinhibitory reaction to alcohol in binge drinkers may help explain the link between impulsivity and problem drinking at a more fundamental level of behavioral control. SN - 0893-164X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17874885/Increased_sensitivity_to_the_disinhibiting_effects_of_alcohol_in_binge_drinkers_ L2 - http://content.apa.org/journals/adb/21/3/346 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -