Subjective alcohol effects and drinking behavior: The relative influence of early response and acquired tolerance

Meghan E. Morean, William R. Corbin

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Objectives: (1) To establish the reliability and validity of a modified version of the Self-Rating of Alcohol (SRE) form. (2) To differentiate early subjective alcohol response (SR) from acquired tolerance in the prediction of drinking outcomes. Method: 353 undergraduates completed an online survey. SR was assessed using the SRE form and a modified SRE including items assessing global stimulant and sedative effects. The Daily Drinking Questionnaire-Revised (DDQ-R), and the Rutgers Alcohol Problems Index (RAPI) assessed alcohol use and problems, respectively. Results: The revised version of the SRE showed good internal consistency and incremental validity. Early SR assessed by the modified SRE was consistently associated with use and problems. Acquired tolerance was significantly related to use and problems above and beyond early SR. Conclusions: The modified SRE incorporating stimulant and sedative responses demonstrated good psychometric properties and the potential to capture unique variability in drinking outcomes. Differentiating early SR from tolerance showed that each contributes uniquely to drinking behavior and problems. Thus, future studies would benefit from examining the unique contribution of each aspect of SR.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1306-1313
Number of pages8
JournalAddictive Behaviors
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Self-rating of the effects of alcohol (SRE)
  • Subjective response
  • Tolerance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Toxicology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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