Alcohol: Psychosocial Effects

K. J. Sher*, R. Winograd, A. Vergés

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Alcohol use has significant effects on behavior; these can be both acute (e.g., drunken comportment) and chronic (e.g., alcohol-induced depression). However, it is well established that there are large, individual differences in how drinkers react to alcohol. Additionally, different types of drinking contexts tend to elicit different effects and are associated with different harms. Consequently, characterizing the effects of alcohol consumption requires an understanding of the drinker and the drinking context, in addition to the drink (i.e., beverage alcohol) itself.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Human Behavior
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780123750006
ISBN (Print)9780080961804
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes

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  • Acute effects
  • Alcohol
  • Alcohol expectancies
  • BAC curve
  • Chronic effects
  • Dosage
  • Individual differences
  • Personality differences
  • Psychosocial effects
  • Situational context


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