What is it about?

This project sought to explore a causal relationship between solitary drinking and the desire to mitigate negative mood. Participants with a history of drinking alone were randomly assigned to one of three mood manipulation conditions (i.e., negative mood, positive mood, or a control condition) based on false feedback regarding their performance on a perceived cognitive task. Although condition did not influence solitary drinking preference, self-reported negative mood was positively associated with solitary drinking preference over social drinking.

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Why is it important?

This study is the first to experimentally test if solitary drinking is driven by negative mood. While findings did not support a causal relationship between negative mood and solitary drinking, results did provide further evidence that negative mood plays at least some role in this risky pattern of drinking.

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This page is a summary of: The influence of negative mood on solitary drinking preference: An experiment with young adult solitary drinkers, PLoS ONE, February 2021, PLOS, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0247202.
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