College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Effects of Alcohol on the Speech of Alcoholics

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1972

Keywords

Alcoholic Intoxication, Reading, Speech, Alcoholics, Drug Effects, Tape Recording, Time Factors

Publication Title

Journal of Speech and Hearing Research

ISSN

0022-4685

Volume

15

Issue/No.

4

Abstract

Speech disfluency resulting from alcohol intoxication was investigated in an experiment using established measures of nonfluency. Male alcoholic subjects (N = 16) read a standardized passage into an audio recorder, once while sober and at two different degrees of intoxication. For each reading, the frequency of occurrence of 13 different operationally defined speech errors was scored. Subjects, when intoxicated, took a longer time to read the standardized passage; had increased interjections of words, phrases, and sounds; increased word omissions; increased word revisions; and increased broken suffixes at higher levels of intoxication (10 oz). Possible uses for a profile of disfluent speech of alcoholics are considered and suggestions for further investigations are discussed.

DOI

10.1044/jshr.1504.861