Change in Alcohol Use and Association with Positive and Negative Emotions: Results from an Alcohol Treatment Study with Hepatitis C Patients

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The interplay between positive and negative emotions during alcohol treatment is complex. We aimed to evaluate the relationship between alcohol reductions and changes in positive and negative emotions across a one-year period. Chronic HCV patients (n = 174) with alcohol use received brief alcohol counseling and were encouraged to address their alcohol use. Participants completed the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS)-Short Form, the Mental Health Continuum-Short Form, and the Alcohol Timeline Follow-back at baseline and 3, 6, and 12 months. Decreases in alcohol use were related to decreased negative emotions from baseline to 3 months, baseline to 6 months and baseline to 12 months. Decreases in alcohol use were associated with increased positive emotions from baseline to 12 months but not sooner.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sohail, MM; Yao, J; Evon, DM; Muir, AJ; Proeschold-Bell, RJ

Published Date

  • January 1, 2021

Published In

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1544-4538

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0734-7324

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/07347324.2020.1868957

Citation Source

  • Scopus