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Subjective Effects of Alcohol II

Kenneth J. Sher and Mark D. Wood

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/9780195165319.003.0005
Subjective Effects of Alcohol II

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This chapter considers individual differences associated with alcohol effects. There is wide variability in subjective and other responses to alcohol. The sources of this variability include allelic variation in enzymes responsible for the metabolism of alcoholism, sensitivity (through either initial sensitivity or acquired tolerance), temperament, neurocognitive functioning, and social learning. These sources of heterogeneity in alcohol response appear to be very important not only in understanding the acute effects of alcohol on the individual but also in understanding risk processes underlying the development of alcohol use disorders.

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

Chapter.  7890 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics

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