Title

The Effects of Alcohol Priming on the Subsequent Value of Alcohol

Abstract

Objective: Previous research hasinvestigated the effects of substance priming (i.e., substance exposure or preload) on the subsequent valueofalcohol. Studies suggest that substance priming mayserve as acue, resulting in increased desire for the substance or drug-related behavior; however, results have been inconsistent. The current studies aimed to examine the effects of apriming dose of alcohol, compared with placebo, on the relative reinforcing effects of subsequent alcohol.

Method: Undergraduate students (Study 1: N =46[33 women]; Study 2: N =69[50 women]) completedthe MultipleChoice Procedure (MCP) during individual, lab-based sessions. The MCP was used to assess the relative reinforcing value of alcohol compared with concurrently available alternatives. Study 1compared astandard dose of alcohol (one standard drink) with placebo, and Study 2compared g/kg dosing of alcohol (controlling for gender) with placebo.

Results: Data revealed no statisticallysignificant priming effectofalcoholonthe subsequent value of alcohol in either study.

Conclusions: The conditions under which alcohol priming does (and does not) occurare still not fullyunderstood, and further systematic work is necessary todetermine potential clinical utility. (J. Stud. Alcohol Drugs, 80, 448—453, 2019).

Department(s)

Psychological Science

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

1937-1888

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2019 Alcohol Research Documentation Inc., All rights reserved.

Publication Date

01 Jul 2019

PubMed ID

31495382

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