College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

The Myth of “One Drink”

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-1972

Keywords

Alcohol Drinking, Alcoholism, Attitude, Middle Aged, Motivation, Self Concept

Publication Title

Behaviour Research and Therapy

ISSN

0005-7967

Volume

10

Issue/No.

2

Abstract

Two studies are reported. An interview investigation explored the familiarity with and connotations of the expression, “First Drink, Then Drunk,” for 30 alcoholics; and, by reviewing the data of 214 alcoholics who had become intoxicated to some degree as a result of experimental procedures, a test of the validity of the expression was conducted. It is concluded that a literal interpretation of the expression is invalid. If there is any validity to the statement, it is directly a function of motivational states. The effects of these findings are discussed in terms of treatment implications.

Comments

This investigation was supported (in part) by Public Health Service Grant No. 1 RO 1 MH 16547-01. The opinions or conclusions stated in this paper are those of the authors and are not to be construed as official or as necessarily reflecting the policy of the Department of Mental Hygiene.

DOI

10.1016/S0005-7967(72)80004-4