Alcohol consumption in young adults : the role of multisensory imagery

Connor, Jason P., Kavanagh, David J., Andrade, Jackie, May, Jon, Feeney, Gerald F.X., Gullo, Matthew J., White, Angela M., Fry, Marie-Louise, Drennan, Judy, Previte, Josephine, & Tjondronegoro, Dian (2014) Alcohol consumption in young adults : the role of multisensory imagery. Addictive Behaviors, 39(3), pp. 721-724.

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Abstract

Little is known about the subjective experience of alcohol desire and craving in young people. Descriptions of alcohol urges continue to be extensively used in the everyday lexicon of young, non-dependent drinkers. Elaborated Intrusion (EI) Theory contends that imagery is central to craving and desires, and predicts that alcohol-related imagery will be associated with greater frequency and amount of drinking. This study involved 1,535 age stratified 18–25 year olds who completed an alcohol–related survey that included the Imagery scale of the Alcohol Craving Experience (ACE) questionnaire. Imagery items predicted 12-16% of the variance in concurrent alcohol consumption. Higher total Imagery subscale scores were linearly associated with greater drinking frequency and lower self-efficacy for moderate drinking. Interference with alcohol imagery may have promise as a preventive or early intervention target in young people.

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ID Code: 65268
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Imagery, Craving, Alcohol, Young Adults
DOI: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2013.11.023
ISSN: 0306-4603
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
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Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
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Current > Schools > School of Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations
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Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Elsevier Ltd.
Copyright Statement: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Addictive Behaviors. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Addictive Behaviors, [Volume 39, Issue 3, (March 2014)] DOI: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2013.11.023
Deposited On: 10 Dec 2013 05:42
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2016 10:17

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