Term of Award

Summer 1988

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Department

Department of Psychology

Committee Chair

Gary McClure

Committee Member 1

Richard L. Rogers

Committee Member 2

Philip Hurst

Abstract

This study examined the effects of stress on the drinking behavior of Type A and Type B young, adult male social drinkers, 21 years of age or older. Fifty-three males, classified as Type A or Type B, were randomly assigned to a stress or a no-stress condition. The stress condition consisted of having the subjects complete a mental arithmetic task on the computer and report their scores. Drinking behavior was observed in a simulated tavern setting; measures of the amount of alcohol consumed and the inter-interval sip rate were taken. Results indicated that those individuals exposed to the stress condition drank significantly more than the individuals in the control group. No significant differences were found between Type A and Type B individuals.

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