What is it about?
Women only need an acute stressor (Trier Social Stress Test) to exceed legal drinking limits during alcohol ad libitum. Men need both the prime dose and the TSST to reach dysregulated drinking.
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Why is it important?
This could explain why women get to alcohol use disorders at a faster trajectory than men.
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This page is a summary of: Effects of stress, alcohol prime dose, and sex on ad libitum drinking., Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, December 2021, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/adb0000801.
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