My long-term goal is to develop a program of research focused on emotional and cognitive processes involved in initiation of drinking and maintenance of alcohol use disorders in order to inform research on prevention and treatment. The central objectives of the proposed project are to understand how negative affect and perceived relief from drinking influence drinking decisions in the moment, and to examine the role of alcohol outcome expectancies in this process. The specific research questions to be addressed are (1) Does negative affect prompt drinking, and is this effect conditional on alcohol relief expectancies?, and (2) Does drinking relieve negative affect and is this effect conditional on alcohol relief expectancies? I will use within individual electronic diary reports of negative affect, alcohol consumption, and perceived relief from drinking, and between individual baseline measurement of alcohol outcome expectancies to answer these questions Assessing the specific aims of the proposed fellowship will inform research on existing prevention and treatment approaches and have implications for new intervention strategies. One potential intervention would be an integration of electronic diary assessment with expectancy challenge and personalized assessment feedback approaches.

Public Health Relevance

Many people believe that alcohol consumption provides relief from negative affect, and in turn report drinking purposely to experience this relief. However, research to date has not fully supported the role of negative affect in drinking decisions, and there is evidence that alcohol does not actually provide relief from negative affect. Understanding these processes will be important for theoretical models of alcohol use as well as for prevention and intervention strategies to reduce drinking.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Type
Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award (F31)
Project #
5F31AA021036-02
Application #
8335520
Study Section
Health Services Research Review Subcommittee (AA)
Program Officer
Witt, Ellen
Project Start
2011-09-01
Project End
2014-08-31
Budget Start
2012-09-01
Budget End
2013-08-31
Support Year
2
Fiscal Year
2012
Total Cost
$32,640
Indirect Cost
Name
University of Missouri-Columbia
Department
Psychology
Type
Schools of Arts and Sciences
DUNS #
153890272
City
Columbia
State
MO
Country
United States
Zip Code
65211
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