If you agree to be in the study, you will complete one
laboratory session lasting up to 3.5 hours.
You will do the following things:
1. You will complete a urine drug screen, pregnancy test
(female only), and breath alcohol measurement. If all tests are negative, you
will be eligible to continue with the study. We measure your weight. If you
drive to the session, we will hold your keys during the course of the session.
2. You will fill out several questionnaires about your
alcohol use, emotions, and personality. You will also complete computer tasks. You
will be paid for your performance on the computer task, usually ranging from
$5.00 - $15.00 on average.
3. You will be randomly assigned to either receive
alcohol or a non-alcoholic beverage in the session. We will tell you which
session you are in at the end of the study tasks.
You will be asked to
watch a sports video clip (approximately 30-minutes in duration). During this
time, you will be provided with an alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage, which
you will be asked to completely consume during the video. You will receive the
equivalent to about 1-3 drinks of your most frequently consumed alcoholic
5. If you are assigned to the non-alcoholic beverage consumption
condition, you will be dismissed following the end of the study tasks. If you are
assigned to the alcohol consumption condition, we will monitor your alcohol
level until it reaches or falls below 0.02, which may take up to 2.5 hours. When
you reach this level, you will be dismissed. You will be provided movies and
snacks during the sobering-up period.
If you receive alcohol, your session will last
approximately 3.5 hours and you would receive $35 for your participation. If
you do not receive alcohol, your session will last approximately 1.5 hours and
you would receive $15 for your participation. Additionally, all participants
have the chance to earn up to an additional $15 based on your performance in a
computerized task during the session.