Drink before you think: the influence of automatic processes on alcohol consumption

Lindsay, Daniel, and Swinbourne, Anne (2013) Drink before you think: the influence of automatic processes on alcohol consumption. Psychology & Health, 28 (S1). p. 260.

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Background: Recent research has highlighted the importance of automatic processes in predicting impulsive health risk behaviour. This has led to the creation of health behaviour models such as the Prototype Willingness Model (PWM) which take into account dual processes when predicting health behaviour. The current research argues that individuals are more likely to engage in impulsive drinking behaviour on a weekend as opposed to a weekday as there are fewer constraints placed upon drinking behaviour.

Methods: Participants (n= 61, mean age= 22) completed an alcohol Implicit Association Test as well as a questionnaire assessing variables on the PWM and drinking behaviour.

Findings: More positive alcohol-related automatic cognitions were significantly related to increased levels of both frequency and quantity of self-reported weekend drinking behaviour but were not significantly related to weekday drinking behaviour.

Discussion: Automatic processes successfully predicted drinking behaviour when there were fewer constraints placed upon individuals.

Item ID: 31203
Item Type: Article (Abstract)
ISSN: 1476-8321
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2014 05:37
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920414 Substance Abuse @ 100%
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