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Groupdrink: The effects of alcohol on intergroup competitiveness

Hopthrow, Tim, Abrams, Dominic, Frings, Daniel, Hulbert, Lorne G. (2007) Groupdrink: The effects of alcohol on intergroup competitiveness. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, Vol 21 (2). pp. 272-276. ISSN 0893-164X. (doi:10.1037/0893-164X.21.2.272) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:2325)

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Alcohol is often consumed in group settings. The present article examines the effect of alcohol on intergroup competitiveness through the use of a prisoner's dilemma game. One hundred fifty-eight college students participated in the study, either individually or as a member of a 4-person experimental single-sex group. Participants consumed either alcohol (1.13 g ethanol/kg body weight) or a placebo. Results show no effect of alcohol on cooperative choice within individuals. However, groups were significantly less cooperative after consuming alcohol than they were after consuming a placebo. In addition, after consuming alcohol, groups were less cooperative than were individuals. Results are discussed in terms of the way alcohol may affect focus of attention on group-level cues

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1037/0893-164X.21.2.272
Uncontrolled keywords: alcohol; groups; social dilemma
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Maureen Cook
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2008 09:00 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 09:41 UTC
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Hopthrow, Tim.

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Abrams, Dominic.

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