Positive affective states and alcohol consumption: The moderating role of trait positive urgency

Dinc, Linda and Cooper, Andrew. 2015. Positive affective states and alcohol consumption: The moderating role of trait positive urgency. Addictive Behaviors, 47, pp. 17-21. ISSN 0306-4603 [Article]

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Trait positive urgency is characterised by risky and maladaptive actions in response to extreme positive affective states. Positive urgency has previously been shown to be a risk factor for alcohol consumption and alcohol-related problems, however, there has been limited experimental research examining how positive urgency may moderate relations between affective states and alcohol consumption. In the current study, a sample of 106 participants completed a trait measure of positive urgency and were then randomly assigned to one of three mood induction conditions: a high activation positive, a low-activation positive or a neutral mood condition. Subsequently, participants took part in a bogus beer taste test, where their alcohol consumption was subsequently measured. The results revealed that positive urgency significantly predicted increased beer consumption, but only for those participants in the high-activation positive mood induction group. The findings from this study provide support for positive urgency as a risk factor for alcohol use, and suggest that it may be of particular relevance in social situations where individuals experience highly activated positive affective states.

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impulsivity; UPPS; positive urgency; alcohol use; mood induction

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August 2015Published

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31 Mar 2015 10:33

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29 Apr 2020 16:10

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