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Alcohol exposure therapy: generalisation and changes in responsivity

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posted on 1999-11-01, 00:00 authored by Petra StaigerPetra Staiger, J D Greeley, S D Wallace
Fifty male alcohol-dependent individuals presenting for treatment were randomly assigned to either a cue exposure (CE) or control group. The experimental group were presented with 10 exposure trials to the sight and smell of alcohol, whilst the control group were presented with a neutral beverage. Following this, subjects received exposure to alcohol in a different room to examine whether extinguished responses generalised to a different environment. Results showed that only those subjects presented with the alcohol cue showed a significant reduction in cue-elicited swallowing, subjective withdrawal symptoms, arousal and urge to drink alcohol and that these extinguished responses remained diminished in magnitude in a different environment. These results provide additional support for the effectiveness of CE in reducing responsivity to alcohol cues. Copyright (C) 1999 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd.

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Journal

Drug and alcohol dependence

Volume

57

Issue

1

Pagination

29 - 40

Publisher

Elsevier

Location

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ISSN

0376-8716

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

1999, Elsevier Science Ireland

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