Intoxication and Exposure to Stress: Effects of Temporal Patterning

Michael A. Sayette, G. Terence Wilson

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In this study we explored the temporal patterning of intoxication and exposure to a stress-producing situation on alcohol's effects on stress. Forty male social drinkers received either a 0.7 g/kg dose of alcohol or a placebo. When exposure to a social stressor preceded intoxication, a significant alcohol-induced increase in heart-rate reactivity was found. When intoxication preceded exposure to the stressor, conventional analysis of the data indicated a stress-dampening effect of alcohol on heart rate. No differences were obtained from self-reports of anxiety in either pattern. The findings are explained in terms of attentional and cognitive-encoding processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)56-62
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Abnormal Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1991

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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