Autonomic and subjective responses to alcohol stimuli with appropriate control stimuli

Journal Article

Previous studies on "craving" for alcohol after exposure to olfactory stimuli for alcohol may be criticized on the grounds that the control stimuli were not really appropriate. We included exposure to a preferred nonalcoholic beverage and to a sweet food item as additional control stimuli in order to better compare the salivary, autonomic, and self-reported craving responses of alcoholics with normal social drinkers. The results indicated that the salivation measure was differentially sensitive to the alcohol stimulus, even when compared to appropriate control stimuli. It is possible that self-reported craving is a biased measure in alcoholic inpatients in treatment. © 1989.

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Cited Authors

  • Newlin, DB; Hotchkiss, B; Cox, WM; Rauscher, F; Li, TK

Published Date

  • 1989

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 14 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 625 - 630

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0306-4603

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0306-4603(89)90004-X