The Effects of Alcohol Priming on the Subsequent Value of Alcohol
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).
Irons, J. G., Stanley, T. B., Owens, K. R., & Henslee, A. M. (2019). The Effects of Alcohol Priming on the Subsequent Value of Alcohol. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 80(4), pp. 448-453. Alcohol Research Documentation Inc..
The definitive version is available at https://doi.org/10.15288/jsad.2019.80.448
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