Booze, Binging and the Devil You Don’t Know

The Huffington Post:

Imagine this scenario. You are meeting your boyfriend at a restaurant, intending to break up with him. You know this conversation is going to be tough, but you really don’t know what his reaction will be. He could end up sobbing, or shouting, or he could just sit there in uncomfortable silence. You arrive early and order a whiskey — a double — to steady your nerves.

These findings, reported in a forthcoming issue of the journal Psychological Science, have some real world implications. For example, the direct relationship between alcohol dose and stress response suggests that drinking for relief is reinforced by the very first drink, which may lead to more drinking.

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Wray Herbert is an author and award-winning journalist who writes two popular blogs for APS, We’re Only Human and Full Frontal Psychology. Follow Wray on Twitter @wrayherbert.

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