Fear, anxiety and hazardous drinking

Bunker, Richard (2012). Fear, anxiety and hazardous drinking Honours Thesis, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland.

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Author Bunker, Richard
Thesis Title Fear, anxiety and hazardous drinking
School, Centre or Institute School of Psychology
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2012-10-10
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Natalie Loxton
Total pages 68
Language eng
Subjects 1701 Psychology
Abstract/Summary In 2010 approximately 80% of Australians had consumed at least a full drink within the past year (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2011). Approximately 20 % of these, drank at levels that elevated their risk of either an alcohol-related disease or injury (AIHW, 2011). Despite most people in Australia consuming alcohol, why is it that only certain individuals will develop risky drinking behaviours? The primary aim of this thesis is to test a revised theory of personality that has been previously linked with addiction, to better understand the relationship between both cognitive and behavioural factors involved with hazardous drinking. A secondary aim is to assess the concurrent validity of two new measures of the revised personality theory also in the context of alcohol misuse. A total of 59 participants were recruited to take part in larger study. Well-used measures of attentional bias and trait anxiety and fear were measured. Results suggest that the low levels of trait fear and hazardous drinking are impacted via subjective liking of alcohol-related effects. Furthermore, the role of trait anxiety and hazardous drinking remains unclear. Implications and future directions are discussed.
Keyword Fear
Hazardous drinking

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