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Subjective Effects of Alcohol I

Kenneth J. Sher, Mark D. Wood, Alison E. Richardson and Kristina M. Jackson

in Mind-Altering Drugs

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780195165319
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199894055 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195165319.003.0004
Subjective Effects of Alcohol I

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This chapter begins with a brief overview of the categories of subjective effects of alcohol, then considers the role of subjective effects from the context of prominent contemporary theories of alcohol use and misuse. Building on this conceptual foundation, it discusses important features of beverage and dose and characteristics of the setting (including the concurrent use of other psychoactive drugs) that affect the subjective experience of drinking. It then considers what is known based on the various methodological approaches used to investigate subjective effects — including survey research on alcohol expectancies and drinking motives, and ecological momentary assessment — with a particular emphasis on experimental research.

Keywords: alcohol use; subjective effects; drinking; alcohol consumption; alcohol effects

Chapter.  21591 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics

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