College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Differences in Baseline Drinking Behavior between Alcoholics and Normal Drinkers

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-1972

Keywords

Alcohol Drinking, Alcoholic Beverages, Behavior Therapy, Middle Aged, Social Behavior

Publication Title

Behaviour Research and Therapy

ISSN

0005-7967

Volume

10

Issue/No.

3

Abstract

Drink preference, sip magnitude, amount of time taken to consume drinks and amount of time between sips were measured for 23 normal drinkers and 26 hospital admitted alcoholics while they consumed up to 16 oz. of 86-proof liquor or its equivalent in an experimental bar-and-lounge environment. The alcoholics as denned in this study ordered more drinks, preferred straight drinks, took larger sips and drank faster, but took a longer time between sips than did the normal drinkers. The utility of baseline drinking measures and the external validity of the results are discussed.

DOI

10.1016/0005-7967(72)90042-3