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Mind-Altering DrugsThe Science of Subjective Experience$
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Mitch Earleywine

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195165319

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195165319.001.0001

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Subjective Effects of Alcohol II

Subjective Effects of Alcohol II

Individual Differences

(p.135) 5 Subjective Effects of Alcohol II
Mind-Altering Drugs

Kenneth J. Sher

Mark D. Wood

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers individual differences associated with alcohol effects. There is wide variability in subjective and other responses to alcohol. The sources of this variability include allelic variation in enzymes responsible for the metabolism of alcoholism, sensitivity (through either initial sensitivity or acquired tolerance), temperament, neurocognitive functioning, and social learning. These sources of heterogeneity in alcohol response appear to be very important not only in understanding the acute effects of alcohol on the individual but also in understanding risk processes underlying the development of alcohol use disorders.

Keywords:   alcohol use, subjective effects, drinking, alcohol consumption, alcohol effects, alcoholism

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